In 2014, 8-year-old Shanon picked the Seattle Seahawks to cheer for during the Super Bowl, and to his delight, they won. Ever since that day, he has dreamed of cheering on the team in the stadium.
Shanon was diagnosed with leukemia the previous year. Because of his critical illness, he was forced to watch the 2014 Super Bowl from his bed.
“It’s just hard to go through, I guess. Just to see him laying there and know that he is sick,” said Shanon’s mom.
But this year, nothing was going to hold Shanon back from his dreams. Along with 11 other wish kids, Shanon received a two-day back stage pass to the 2015 Super Bowl. The moment he had wished for since he became a Seattle Seahawks’ fan was about to come true.
On his big day, Shanon entered the stadium to the sound of the volunteers chanting of his name, just like a football star. For two days, Shanon toured around the stadium and the locker rooms and practiced passing football on the field with retired NFL players, surprising them all with his great arm strength. When he was not playing football, he was running around the field with a big smile on his face.
“It means everything to him. He is just overly excited to be here and to get to do this and experience this,” Shanon’s mother said.
The entire experience was so special that Shanon could hardly believe it.
“He said, ‘I thought I was dreaming, mom,’” shared Shanon’s mom. “And I said, ‘Nope, you weren’t dreaming, Shanon. We are actually here!’”
Shanon’s cancer is currently in remission, but he still has three years of preventative treatments ahead of him.
"The good thing about Shanon is that he hasn’t let it get him down. Even though he goes through spinal taps, radiation, harsh chemo treatments, and other things...he always has a smile on his face,” Shanon’s mom told Make-A-Wish.
Shanon was surrounded by football champions during his wish, but at the end of the day, he was the true champion, standing tall and inspiring many to keep on fighting with strength, optimism and hope.