Atticus Lane-Dupre, an eight-year-old Portland, Ore. kid, was diagnosed with kidney cancer last fall and missed the end of his soccer season. Make-a-Wish contacted him and he said his dream was to play a soccer match against the Portland Timbers.
Yesterday, his team, The Green Machine, took on the Timbers in front of 3,000 cheering fans. Atticus scored four goals in a 10-9 victory. In keeping with Timbers tradition, Timber Joey rewarded him with a slice off the victory log at the match’s conclusion.
“It was fun,” Lane-Dupre, who attends Sunnyside Environmental School in Southeast Portland, said during his post-game comments.
Of the four goals Lane-Dupre scored, he said scoring the game-winner wasn’t his favorite goal of the game.
“(It was) the one where I nutmegged Will Johnson,” said Lane-Dupre, referring to kicking the ball through the legs of the Timbers midfielder.
Johnson, who was “red-carded” and sent off in the second half, said the players were thrilled to help Lane-Dupre realize his wish.
“We felt honored that he chose us as his wish,” Johnson said. “We really took it upon ourselves to fulfill his wish and go above and beyond anything that he could have dreamed about.”
Lane-Dupre had one kidney removed after being diagnosed in fall 2011. Bert Dupre, Lane-Dupre’s father, said his son’s prognosis is good.
Gotta love the Timbers Army and Timbers organization for making this happen. Someone’s cutting onions. I swear.