Make-A-Wish Foundation grants thousands of wishes all year round. Today, one local boy in Tulsa had his wish granted and it all started with a soccer ball.
Diego Segovia is 10 years old and loves soccer. However, he also has congenital heart disease that restricts him from playing soccer as much as he'd like. Diego spends a lot of time in and out of hospitals.
Diego and his family were invited to a regular season TU soccer game where teammates made Diego an honorary captain and allowed him to sit on the bench with the team. Little did they know Make-A-Wish had other plans, and Diego had no idea his wish was about to be granted.
Diego and his family will be going to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June. Diego tells FOX23 he's super excited and wasn't expecting this at all.
The surprise couldn't have come at a better time, Diego will be getting a checkup next week to see if he can start playing soccer again.
Jane Rohweder, director of development at Make-A-Wish Foundation tells us, "When a child is battling, they get bad news after bad news, and that is not what we are doing today."
Lezlie is Diego's mom and she tells us how proud she is of her son, "I don't think I can explain what it does for Diego, he has been through so much at his age."
Diego's Mother knew Make-A-Wish was trying to send Diego and his father to the World Cup, but she had no idea they would all be going,
Lezlie says, "very overwhelmed and excited, I'm emotional and it will take a while to take it all in and take the whole effect."
Tulsa University also gave Diego the game ball all signed by the team. When asked what soccer meant to him, Diego said, "my favorite thing in the world."
Diego's mom says, "It is a wish he will remember for the rest of his life."
Diego's family says they are already making plans for the trip next June.