The LA Galaxy announced today that they have signed 15-year-old Jacob Trainor, a cancer sufferer who's “wish to be a Galaxy teammate” has been granted by the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
The Galaxy teamed up with Make-A-Wish Chapters in Alabama and Greater Los Angeles to grant the wish to Jacob, who was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on February 8, 2011 and was forced to miss that year’s spring soccer season.
“We are pleased to add Jacob Trainor to our roster,” said LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena. “Jacob’s experience, dedication and love for soccer are truly inspiring and we believe he will make a great addition to our team.”
From the LA Galaxy's official website:
"Soccer has been an instrumental part of Jacob’s healing and his love for the game helped Jacob return to the soccer fields soon after he was diagnosed. Given his condition, most ports used to deliver chemotherapy are inserted in the upper chest, just below the clavicle or collar bone, but Jake’s pediatric surgeon suggested a lower area so it would be less likely to be hit by a soccer ball.
Jacob was determined to play soccer while he was undergoing chemo treatments, even after 3.5 years of treatment. When Jacob had the opportunity to make a wish, he chose to attend an LA Galaxy game. A product of Pelham, Alabama, Jacob loves soccer, the LA Galaxy and Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.
Jacob, his three siblings and his parents also will enjoy a unique game-day experience and watch the game field side during the Galaxy’s home match on Wednesday, May 21 against FC Dallas as part of his wish. Additionally, Jacob and his family will also get watch the Galaxy at training a day before the game, and meet the whole team in a once in a lifetime experience."
It's always good to see a feel good story in the world of football, and it really does make you appreciate what you have and bring a smile to the face.
So well done to the Galaxy and Jacob on his future soccer career.