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When we first met Arvin, it was clear that he had put a lot of thought into his wish, and that he wanted a unique experience – one that couldn’t be bought. Arvin’s wish was to meet DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors basketball team. Not only is DeRozan Arvin’s favourite basketball player, but the two share a similar connection. Just like Arvin, DeRozan’s mother also has lupus.
As such, the famous athlete is a strong advocate for raising awareness about the disease. This personal connection also allowed DeRozan to relate to what Arvin has been through with his health. Arvin said he experienced one surprise after another on the day his wish was granted. He spent several hours of one-on-one time with DeRozan, including shooting hoops with him on the Raptors’ basketball court. DeRozan also took Arvin shopping in Real Sports and asked him to choose some Raptors swag to take home. Arvin was thrilled to be invited to meet the whole team in their locker room before their game. He even got to stand beside his favourite athlete during the national anthem!
Arvin and his family capped off the day by watching the Raptors’ record 50th game win of the season. Arvin shared that his wish experience was more than he could have hoped for: "This was the best day of my life." Thank you to all involved in creating a memorable wish experience for Arvin, including Maple Leaf Sports and entertainment, Real Sports, and A Celebrity Limousine