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Wolverines grant young cancer fighter his wish

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Tired of all the talk about trials and unions and arrests as we await the start of a new season?  If so, here’s something that could brighten your day.  And give you goosebumps.  And make the room kind of dusty. Eighteen-year-old Stephen Loszewski has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for nearly four years, but thankfully he’s in remission. Still, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was able to make the life-long Michigan football fan’s dream of becoming a UM recruit come true. And both the school and the foundation did it in style.

A few weeks back, Jake Long knocked on Loszewski’s door. The current St. Louis Rams offensive tackle and former Michigan Wolverine arrived armed with letters from U-M coaches to begin the recruiting process. The two sat in the family living room talking about football and life and everything in between.

DesmondTuesday, Loszewski had meetings with head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon and lunch with a couple of current players. He spent 10 minutes with UM legend Desmond Howard, who flew in just for the festivities and afterwards wrote on his Twitter account “[t]hank you @umichfootball + @espn for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Stephen Loszewski’s #MyWish.” Later on, UM officials gave the former high school football player — he was forced to step away from the game after his diagnosis — an official signing day atmosphere, replete with a table and four hats — UM, Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame. The cap ceremony ended in expected fashion. “I want to say, this decision could not have been less difficult,” Loszewski. “I’m going to go with the Big Blue.” The pièce de résistance, however, occurred between the ceremony and meetings.

Around 4 p.m., an echo reverberated out to the field of Michigan Stadium. Hooting and hollering rang from the tunnel. Up in the shadows, where the Wolverines’ locker room leads to the field, Stephen Loszewski jumped and bounced and bonded with the entire University of Michigan football team. Wearing a blue jersey — No. 57, LOSZEWSKI — U-M’s top recruit led the team onto field. Stephen Loszewski addressed his new teammates at the 50-yard line. “I want to do battle with you gentlemen,” he said.

Said Loszewski’s father Greg,”It’s amazing what people have done for my little old son.” Yes, yes it is. Bravo, UM, for making this young man’s dream come true. Truly a classy and selfless gesture. (Photo credit: Ann Arbor News)

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10 Responses to “Wolverines grant young cancer fighter his wish”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Jun 26, 2014 8:55 AM

    Nice to have a different type of news and a positive one. I’m sure they’ll be some haters that can’t help themselves. But I applaud you for your effort Mr. Taylor….

  2. 1990tiger says: Jun 26, 2014 9:30 AM

    Gotta love a story like this. Hats off to UM for making it a complete and memorable experience for this kid.

  3. cfballfan1 says: Jun 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    Well done wolverines!

  4. handsofsweed says: Jun 26, 2014 11:42 AM

    A huge tip of this Scarlet cap to you, Michigan. Good on you guys!

  5. irishdodger says: Jun 26, 2014 12:36 PM

    Well done Michigan.

  6. st1llerz1 says: Jun 26, 2014 12:52 PM

    Go Buckeyes! But, bravo to the U of M!

  7. mogogo1 says: Jun 26, 2014 2:58 PM

    I give Hoke a hard time but this is one of the classiest things I’ve seen in a while. Kudos not just for doing it, but going all out with the efforts. Well done, Wolverines.

  8. dmvdmv101560 says: Jun 26, 2014 3:22 PM

    Class act from a classy school!

  9. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 26, 2014 4:10 PM

    Things like this are why we Wolverines fans are rooting for Hoke.

  10. tendigitpoet says: Jun 26, 2014 5:30 PM

    UM fans say “Go Blue!”

    This Bucks fan says: “Way to Go, Blue.”

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