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Anton has his own Black Tie Party

Anton looking classy in his new suit

Anton loved having an evening away from the doctors and treatments, where he could just hang out with his friends and have fun.

Just like his favorite basketball player, Lebron James, wish kid Anton faces his obstacles every day with a brave attitude and always stays positive. As a 14-year-old battling Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, the past few years for Anton have been filled with treatment and challenges but he continues to be a funny, happy teenager throughout the difficulties.

Just like his favorite basketball player, Lebron James, wish kid Anton faces his obstacles every day with a brave attitude and always stays positive. As a 14-year-old battling Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, the past few years for Anton have been filled with treatment and challenges but he continues to be a funny, happy teenager throughout the difficulties. 

Dealing with a life-threatening illness makes it hard for Anton to enjoy the regular life of a teenage boy. He plays basketball, his favorite hobby, as often as he can in between treatments and hospital visits or loves to ride his bike and watch movies like Big Hero 6. While his friends don't have to deal with the daily struggles or routines of pediatric cancer, Anton does it all with a smile on his face and doesn’t let it get in the way of him having fun. 

When it came time for Anton to be visited by Wish-Granting volunteers, he knew exactly what he wanted most. He told them his wish was to have a Black-Tie Event with all his family and friends. The party would give him the chance to hang out with his friends and have a great time celebrating with everybody. 

Over the weekend, Anton finally saw his wish come true! Starting with a pre-event party at Dave & Busters, Anton was already making memories to last a lifetime. As the evening moved onto the main event, Mercedes-Benz of Bedford welcomed Anton in his limo with a red carpet entrance to greet his party. Having this event to look forward to over the past weeks made it even more special for Anton and his family to take his mind off of the daily challenges that come along with Lymphoma. 

Ray Sminchak, GM of Mercedes-Benz of Bedford, "handed over the keys" to Anton for the evening, giving him his own office, business cards and a nametag. He was decked out in his awesome new suit from Saks Fifth Avenue when he gave a speech on the dance floor thanking all his friends and family for coming and Make-A-Wish for making it happen. 

With his family and friends at his side, Anton had a great time playing in the gaming center at the party and eating yummy treats from the chocolate fountain. Anton was able to feel like a regular teenager again and escape from the life of hospital visits and treatments by hanging out with his friends and focusing on the fun. He also got to dance the night away to an amazing DJ and enjoy a cool basketball-shaped cake! 

With goodies and pictures from throughout the night, Anton will definitely never forget his awesome Black-Tie Party. For Anton and his family, the evening will be a constant remind of the hope, strength, and joy that came along with their wish experience.

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