On Sunday, children from Illinois and all the way to Ireland had their wishes to meet Roman Atwood come true in Columbus. Make-A-Wish brought 14 wish kids from across the globe to the Clippers game to meet the Columbus native and YouTube star.
For the Piacentini family, the YouTube personality and prankster is like family.
“When I was having treatment I would watch his videos,” said Make-A-Wish recipient Avery Piacentini.
The 10 year old has been battling Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a blood disease. His mom said Atwood helped Avery smile during some of the most difficult days of his young life.
“Roman Atwood, every day during chemo would help Avery through his treatments, without even knowing it,” said Avery’s mom, Karrie Piacentini.
Sunday, Avery and 13 other Make-A-Wish kids from across the world got to meet Atwood in person and watch the Clippers game together at Huntington Park.
“There’s kids from Singapore, Ireland, England, Holland, and then all across the United States and right here in our region as well,” said Doug Kelly with Make-A-Wish.
The joy of meeting their on-camera idol, in person, was impossible to miss on kids’ faces like 15 year old Layla Toma from Detroit.
“She doesn’t get to live as long as us so I want to make sure that every moment with her counts and I want to make sure I have enough memories with her to share with my kids,” said Layla’s brother Yousif Toma who accompanied her to the game.
Kelly said Make-A-Wish helps children and their families make more than just memories.
“They’re all battling some type of critical illness and it really runs down their hope and what a wish does is recharge their fighting spirit, helps them think about the next day, their future, and it’s a real turning point in their fight against the illness,” he said.
The Clippers are donating a portion of the ticket sales back to the Make-A-Wish organization.