Riley patient gets encouragement from many in final basketball game

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CARMEL – It wasn’t something which he has done for many years, but in a short time the game meant a lot to an eight-year old from Camby.

With his No. 4 jersey for the RHI Mini Pacers, Braden Tamosaitis took part in a wheelchair basketball as part of a tournament at the Monon Center in Carmel on Sunday afternoon.
His minutes came here and there for his team as they faced a travel squad of 7-to-13-year olds from Dayton, Ohio, but every one of them counted.

Sunday would be the last time that the eight-year old would participate in wheelchair basketball before a surgery on January 27th to help him with his spina bifida, hydrocephalus and Arnold Chiari II malformation which makes it difficult for him to get around.

It will not just be one procedure this month but rather a series of them over the next ten years in hopes of strengthening Tamosaitis’ spine as he continues to grow. That means no contact sports until then including wheelchair basketball.

Realizing this, Braden’s father Kevin put out the word to many of the people who helped to support his son through the years as he was a patient at Riley Hospital for Children. His hope was that they might be able to show up to the one of the four games he had at the Monon Center over the weekend to show support for Braden.

Kevin found himself overwhelmed by the response he got, as dozens of people from college students to old teachers came by for Braden’s final games before surgery. He even got a special greeting from Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger which was recorded before the team left for a west coast road trip on Sunday.

To see more on Braden’s final game-and all of the support he got-click on the video above to watch the feature story.

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