The Players’ Tribune teamed up with the Garden of Dreams Foundation over the weekend to host a breakfast for children and their families from the Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley chapter. Knicks guard Langston Galloway spent his day off after a back-to-back with Knicks legend John Starks in Tarrytown, NY, greeting and handing toys out to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. The Players’ Tribune was there to document the visit.
Shania, 9 years old, was born with Down syndrome and is currently going through chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Leukemia. “She’s a fighter though,” says her father. “She doesn’t cry or complain about it. Sometimes she gets chemo twice in a day and she comes home and she wants to play. She is a tough tough little cookie.” Shania’s wish is to visit Disney World.
Malike and his brother Nicholas look through the toys while waiting to meet John Starks and Langston Galloway. Malike loves playing video games and basketball. Malike’s wish is to go to Legoland and Disney World.
Zachary (left) plays with his new toy with Luke, who attended the party with his sister. Zachary is still deciding between wishes. Two of his top Wish ideas are attending the 2017 Super Bowl or traveling to Atlantis with his family. He was excited to attend the Knicks breakfast.
Abigail (left) and Julia play tic-tac-toe during the breakfast.
Starks and Galloway met with every Wish child and their family throughout the breakfast.
Danny, 14, loves playing the drums and guitar and is a huge fan of 80s rock music. Danny’s wish is to travel to Atlantis with his family.
Ramiro, 15, sat courtside at a Knicks game with his Dad recently, thanks to Garden of Dreams. They thought it was so cool to hear the players and coaches talking during the game. Ramiro also had the opportunity to take surfing lessons in Australia this past March.
Haiden gets his picture taken with Starks and Galloway before heading off to basketball practice. Haiden’s Wish is to meet LeBron James.
Anibel has been through 21 surgeries and is only 10 years old. Her most recent surgery happened only a week ago at NYU. Anibel’s Wish is to stay in the Lion King suite at Disney.
Shania (right) lays with her twin sister Charlene on the couch. Charlene is the older sister to Shania by two minutes.
Abigail, 6, went on her Disney Cruise Wish trip in February, 2014.
Malike, 13, attended the Knicks basketball camp this past summer. Here, he takes a family photo with Starks and Galloway.
Mahesh, 8, went to Disney World this past August on his Wish trip.