LA Galaxy grant Make-a-Wish dream, sign 15-year-old forward Jake Trainor
Jake Trainor, your wish has come true.
Trainor, a 15-year-old cancer patient, was signed by the LA Galaxy Thursday, with the club granting his Make-a-Wish dream to be a Galaxy team member.
Galaxy manager Bruce Arena and star Landon Donovan welcome Trainor to the club in the video above, with Donovan stating, "I know our coaching staff has been following Jacob closely. We need a player, a left-sided player, in his position, and from what we hear and what we see, we're very excited about it. He should make our team a lot better."
MLS and the Make-a-Wish Foundation are no strangers to one another. Just last year, the Portland Timbers granted a Make-a-Wish to 8-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre, scrimmaging against his Green Machine club team (and losing 10-9, with Lane-Dupre scoring the game-winning goal no less). MLSSoccer.com provided a recent update on Lane-Dupre last month.
As for Trainor, the Galaxy said in a press release:
The Galaxy teamed up with Make-A-Wish Chapters in Alabama and Greater Los Angeles to grant the wish to Jake, who was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on February 8, 2011 and was forced to miss that year’s spring soccer season.
Soccer has been an instrumental part of Jake’s healing and his love for the game helped Jake return to the soccer fields soon after he was diagnosed. Given his condition, most ports used to deliver chemotherapy are inserted in the upper chest, just below the clavicle or collar bone, but Jake’s pediatric surgeon suggested a lower area so it would be less likely to be hit by a soccer ball.
Jake was determined to play soccer while he was undergoing chemo treatments, even after 3.5 years of treatment. When Jake had the opportunity to make a wish, he chose to attend an LA Galaxy game. A product of Pelham, Alabama, Jake loves soccer, the LA Galaxy and Galaxy forward Landon Donovan. Jake, his three siblings and his parents also will enjoy a unique game-day experience and watch the game field side during the Galaxy’s home match on Wednesday, May 21 against FC Dallas as part of his wish. Additionally, Jake and his family will also get watch the Galaxy at training a day before the game, and meet the whole team in a once in a lifetime experience.