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Nov 02, 2017

Make-A-Wish & Capitals make dream come true for Caps fan


Professional athletes inspire millions of kids around the world. Today it worked the other way around. Meet Dariush. The Bethesda is an 11 year-old fighting cancer. As a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got an opportunity of a lifetime- hanging out with the Washington Capitals.

Nov 01, 2017

Eleven-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient meets Capitals team

Russian Machine Never Breaks

Dariush Namin, an 11-year-old kid from Bethesda, is fighting more courageous and meaningful fight than anything you will ever see in a hockey game. In 2016 Dariush was diagnosed with leukemia. He’s currently undergoing treatment. That didn’t stop him, however, from making it to Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday morning. Namin had his Make-A-Wish request to meet the Capitals granted, attending practice with the team.

Oct 31, 2017

‘He actually cares’: T.J. Oshie helps a young Capitals fan fighting cancer

The Washington Post

T.J. Oshie and 9-year-old Addy Flint hugged, and then they began catching up like the old friends they’ve become. Oshie asked what she’s going to be for Halloween. Mal from The Descendants, she said. He then told her about how his 3-year-old daughter, Lyla, would be dressed as a T-Rex and that 1-year-old Leni is going as a hot dog.

May 07, 2017

Birthday Boy with Cancer Gets Bedroom Makeover Wish

Mason Mazzuca is a little boy with a big heart and an even bigger love of wild animals. However, Mason also has acute lymphoblastic leukemia from which he is currently recovering. That is why Mason's parents partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to turn his bedroom into a safari adventure play land.

Apr 26, 2017

Kid Gets to Announce Ravens' First Draft Pick


Thursday is a big day for football fans. It is the start of the NFL draft in Philadelphia. Usually it’s NFL commissioner Rodger Gooddell who makes the announcements, but this year, a local team's first draft pick will be made by a special guest announcer. TJ, age 14, is a big Raven’s fans. He has been playing offense against a very tough opponent, brain cancer.

Apr 24, 2017

Baltimore Ravens Invite Local Make-A-Wish Teen to Announce at NFL Draft


The Baltimore Ravens are making a special addition to the NFL Draft this week. And it is not just the players they are selecting over the weekend. T.J. Onwuanibe is a 14-year-old student at McDonogh School in Owings Mills who had been diagnosed with brain cancer and wished to announce the Ravens' first pick in the draft. According to ESPN, Onwuanibe's cancer is in remission after he was first diagnosed in 2015.

Apr 24, 2017

Make-A-Wish Teenager Will Announce Ravens' First-Round Pick

Check out the moment when eighth grader T.J. Onwuanibe found out from Head Coach John Harbaugh that he will travel to Philadelphia to announce the Ravens’ top draft pick. T.J. Onwuanibe will get his wish. The Ravens-obsessed 14-year-old brain cancer survivor will announce Baltimore’s first-round pick during Thursday night’s NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Apr 23, 2017

Make-A-Wish Teenager Learns He'll Anounce Ravens' First-Round Pick

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is Thursday and it will be a life-changing event for 33 young men -- the 32 who hear their names called, and 14-year-old TJ Onwuanibe, who will announce the Ravens' selection. Onwuanibe, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, will reveal the Ravens' No. 16 pick as part of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.

Apr 23, 2017

Eighth-Grader with Rare Brain Cancer to Announce Ravens' First-Round Pick

Sports Illustrated

TJ Onwuanible, an eighth-grader with a rare form of brain cancer, will announce the Ravens' first-round draft pick as part of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Head coach John Harbaugh informed Onwuanibe that his wish would come true in a special video at a school assembly.

Apr 23, 2017

Maryland Teenager with Rare Brain Cancer to Announce Ravens' Draft Pick

Baltimore Sun

With their first pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Ravens have selected ... Obioha "TJ" Onwuanibe to make the announcement. Onwuanible, 14, an eighth-grader at the McDonogh School who was diagnosed in February 2015 with a rare form of brain cancer, will announce the Ravens' top pick Friday in Philadelphia, realizing a dream with the help of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.

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