INDIANAPOLIS (September 9, 2015) – It's a special wish with a surprise from a celebrity!
Cody Bevelhimer, 13, is battling Lymphoma. The Zionsville teenager was diagnosed last year.
"It`s been a really, really long year. The first seven months was tough. He had chemo three times a week," explained Cody's mom, Tracy Bevelhimer.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation surprised Cody by transforming his basement into the ultimate "nerd nirvana." Bevelhimer's new gaming room has a popcorn machine, shuffle board table and a giant projector screen to play the new Madden game on his Xbox.
The gesture brought Bevelhimer to tears.
"Make-A-Wish is amazing. They did so much more than I expected them to do. They just blew my mind," said Bevelhimer.
Bevelhimer plays lacrosse at school but enjoys playing video games to ease his mind.
"It takes my mind away from everything," explained Bevelhimer.
"He thought this gaming room would last and something that the family could use and have all his friends down here for the next 4, 5, 6 years into high school. He is just going to love it!" said his mother.
But that's not all - Indiana Pacers player Myles Turner heard about Bevelhimer's fight with Lymphoma and wanted to be there for the big surprise.
Bevelhimer was blown away.
"Somebody from a professional basketball team is here to meet me directly is not what I expected at all," said Bevelhimer.
"The expression on his face made me feel great," explained Turner.
Turner spent the afternoon with his new friend. The two played video games and went outside to play basketball.
"I am happy there is an organization out there that helps kids like this," said Turner.
Bevelhimer still needs chemotherapy once a month for the next year until he is cancer-free.
Click here to learn more about the Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Right now, more than 200 Hoosier children with life-threatening medical conditions are waiting for their wishes to come true.