KJ & Joe Hassett
UPDATE: Sidney & KJ were honored as "Heroes Among Us" by the Boston Celtics!
Every home game, the Boston Celtics honor an individual "who has made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others."
When Sidney found out he was going to be honored, he immediately asked if he could bring a young kid with cancer onto the court with him. They of course said yes, and so Sidney & KJ, 10, marched right onto center court to accept the award in front of a standing ovation of 18,000 fans. KJ, a die-hard Celtics fan, had never been to a Celtics game before. And on this day, he was right on center court next to his ultimate heroes.
It was one of the most inspiring moments in our entire lives.
After the Heroes Among Us award, KJ started his magical CCChampions friendship. He was paired with a retired Supersonics player, Joe Hassett. Joe won a Gold Medal with USA Basketball and used to play for the Seattle Supersonics (remember them?).
For KJ’s Induction Ceremony, Joe (now a radio guy for Providence College) invited KJ to join him at the PC Friars basketball game and join him on the radio! Through special events like these, phone calls, and visits, Joe brought inspiration to KJ throughout his cancer journey.
This friendship is much-needed good medicine! - KJ's Mom