For nearly 30 years, the Make-a-Wish Foundation has made the dreams of thousands of very sick children a reality. Our Emily Turner introduces us to a group of law students who helped the organization send one young boy to the happiest place on earth.
Over the past month for two hours nearly every weeknight this group of LSU law students has put down the books, put on the pads, and hit the gridiron, and no it’s not to show Les Miles what he’s missing out on. It’s Purple vs. Gold in the LSU Law School’s Annual Barrister Bowl, a game played not only for a year’s worth of bragging rights, but a very worth cause.
Law student Gibson Laborde explains, “Basically, it’s a full-pad football game for charity. It’s to our knowledge and we’re good at research, the only one in the nation.”
The contest is fully funded by donations from local business and there’s an auction held after the event. For the fifth straight year, all of the proceeds have gone to charitable organizations. They year, the Make-a-Wish Foundation is allowing an 8-year-old’s dream come true.
Alex Klein was diagnosed with Epithelioid Sarcoma, a rare cancer that infected his leg. He went through chemo in July, but to keep it from spreading doctors had to amputate his right foot. Alex’s father Bill says a prosthetic foot hasn’t stopped him yet. “He just deals with it. I don’t know how he does it, but he does it.”
With his parents watching from the sidelines, Alex attends practices as an honorary coach. Alex says, “I love giving them high fives and doing all the drills.” It is a memory that will be forever etched in the minds of the Klein family as well as every player on the field. “We thought we were going to be motivation to Alex, until we met him, but we realized the tables have turned and he’s probably motivating every one of these guys out here.”
The Barrister Bowl is scheduled for this Saturday at 2pm at Olympia Stadium. Alex and his family will spend six days with Mickey Mouse and Company in Orlando, all made possible by the LSU Law School.