Ben Lemphers/for metro edmonton
Jayce Morrow, a 12-year-old boy from Hinton, was just a normal kid who loved to play soccer before he was diagnosed with leukemia last year.
After missing most of Grade 6 because of treatments and weeks of chemo-therapy — along with giving up his favourite sport — Jayce took a break and spent yesterday touring the Alberta capital. A shiny stretch limo took him to TV and radio stations, toy and electronics stores, as if he was a Hollywood celebrity.
Jayce, whose cancer is now in remission, was overwhelmed with all of the attention from the daylong event put on by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"It has been a lot of fun," said Jayce who becomes a teenager March 17.
Since Jayce couldn’t play soccer outside with his friends, the pre-teen wished for and received an entertainment station, complete with video game consoles.
"This is like, better than Christmas," said Jayce’s mother Marion Morrow, who was forced to quit her job as an insurance agent since her son was diagnosed.
Jayce also got toys of his favourite Transformer characters and was given a hand-drawn picture of his favourite Transformer hero, Optimus Prime, by artist Joe Ng.