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'Today Is Something Special': Bulls Sign 13-Year-Old Through Make-A-Wish

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    The Chicago Bulls made a dream come true for a 13-year-old boy from South Florida. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports. (Published Monday, Nov. 16, 2015)

    The Chicago Bulls made a dream come true for a 13-year-old boy from South Florida.

    Parker Stevens has Renal Disease, a medical condition that causes his kidneys to inadequately filter waste products from his blood. He will need to have a kidney transplant someday.

    He’s also a die-hard Bulls fan who watches every game and even celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with a Chicago Bulls theme.

    So when the family met with Make-A-Wish, they had one request.

    “We said the only thing he wants is to meet the Bulls and this has far exceeded anything we could imagine,” said Parker’s mom Melanie Stevens.

    The Bulls gave him his own locker, a picture with the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center, and a one-day contract with the team, which was announced at a special press conference.

    “He had a great opportunity of going up against Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol,” head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He gave up a few inches but he was fighting with them with his heart and that's what we want with our team.”

    Parker and his family will also attend Tuesdays' home opener against Cleveland, and parker will serve as honorary ball captain. His family couldn't be happier.

    “Today is something special and it's a day we will never forget,” said Parker’s grandfather Donald Projansky.

    “He's been through so much in the past six months, so we are so thankful to see him smile and have fun today,” his mom said.

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