5-year-old JP Gibson has been diagnosed with leukemia, and the Utah Jazz just made his dreams come true in an effort to bolster his fight against cancer.
They signed JP to a 1-day contract allowing him to be a part of the team during an intrasquad scrimmage, and even let him come in to the game to lay down a dunk. So what if he required assistance Rudy Gobert in order to slam that ball through the net, this kid is incredible.
JP Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, signed his contract with Jazz president Randy Rigby before joining the team in uniform for the annual preseason intrasquad scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.
JP was joined by his parents, Josh and Megan, and his 2-year-old sister, Elsie. The family was hosted by the Jazz and photographer Jon Diaz’s “Anything Can Be” project, which creates storybooks for children with cancer about their dreams and wishes.
JP, wearing a No. 1 jersey, even got to play in the scrimmage. He was passed the ball and dribbled into the lane, where center Rudy Gobert lifted him up so he could dunk and slap hands with some players as fans roared.
I can’t even look at his parents faces in this photo. The unbridled love and happiness they’re showing for their son is ripping at ye olde heartstrings. No 5-year-old should ever have to go through a battle with leukemia, but he is, and there are people in this world who are assisting in his struggle in any way that they can.
Let’s watch that glorious dunk one more time in GIF:
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