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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Our First WNBA Game, The Washington Mystics!

Please check back later today for details of our wonderful night with the Mystics! I am back sorry for the delay as we lost power due to a huge storm. Our experience at the Mystics game was very memorable. We have never been to a WNBA game and Justin was being honored as a Hometown Hero at halftime. I was so honored to receive a phone call from Nicole of Mystics about 5 weeks ago. She said the Mystics wanted to feature Justin as the Hometown Hero. I was very excited to tell Justin and the family. Of course everyone was excited especially Justin. This game was a very nice ending to an incredibly stressful week as we had another MRI for Justin to determine the status of his brain tumor. No one can really understand the stress and anxiety that parents feel and of course how Justin feels in the week leading upto the MRI and then waiting for the results. It is extremely taxing during this time because it just exacerbates our always walking on eggshells with his brain tumor. Justin did not sleep the night before the MRI as he was a wreck understandably so. The day of this MRI he was unusually nervous and he did not sleep that night also anticipating the results as he told me he does not want his tumor to grow and he was very scared. As I have told him many times before that we have the best doctors and treatment lined up to help you. Well we received GREAT NEWS on Thursday that there was no significant change in Justin's tumor...What a relief. Now we can enjoy the Mystic's game. The game on Saturday was a treat as my father and his companion were able to join us. We picked them up at 4pm and went to our favorite Chinese restaurant in Chinatown called Tony Chengs. We dined on our favorite dishes and I took Justin early from dinner as he was getting anxious because he wanted to shoot some practice hoops. We arrived at the Verizon Center at 6:10pm and hung in the gift shop until the rest of my family from dinner arrived and Chris Grundner from NBTS and Wes Johnson from Rosenberg Media. WE were all greeted by Mystic's staff and they treated us so nice, like VIP'S. Justin wanted me to ask if he could shoot some practice hoops and the Mystics obliged and he went to the Practice gym within the Verizon Center. This gym was awesome and he shot hoops with Alana Beard the star from the Mystics. She has an injured ankle and out for the season but she so graciously agreed to be the star to shoot with Justin. Alana was so sweet and nice to Justin. They shot together at the gym for about 10 minutes. The game was very exciting and then the big moment came when Justin and I were summoned to the court for an interview just before he would take center stage. It blows me away how poised Justin is when he does interviews. He wants so badly to raise awareness and find a cure and this is his passion but he also puts alot of pressure on himself. They announced why Justin was here tonight to the crowd and asked the crowd to text justin to 85944 to raise money to benefit NBTS, very COOL. Alana sank her first shot and Justin took 2 tries to sink his shot. Justin was then presented an award which was a glass trophy, it was beautiful. When we got back to our seats there were very nice people who congratulated Justin. One lady lost her husband to a brain tumor 5 years ago. It just goes to show you that this terrible disease effects so many people. The game was very exciting as the Mystics came back in the 4th quarter to cut the lead to 2 points but in the end the Indiana Fever won 78-73. We want to thank everyone from the Washington Mystics and the WNBA who made this a very special night for Justin and our family. This event again helped us raise awareness and hopefully get us one step closer to a cure. We are at 16,150 shots.

1 Comments:

Blogger Nicole said...

We were so glad to have you at the Mystics game!! I had such a great time that night and I'm so glad you all enjoyed the game...Justin is a great kid and he is very deserving of our hometown hero award!
I'm about a month behind on finding this blog but now I will definitely keep up with reading it and finding out about all Justin's new accomplishments. Good luck with everything :)
-Nicole

August 27, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

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