PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers are teaming up with Make-A-Wish® Oregon to grant the wish of a local child. Select Timbers players and coaches will participate in a friendly against eight-year-old Atticus and his soccer team, The Green Machine, on Wednesday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific) at JELD-WEN Field.
Atticus learned he had cancer last fall when he started to feel pain while playing soccer and missed his last game of the season. When he had the chance to make a wish, he chose to scrimmage the Timbers. Atticus and his teammates will take on some of his favorite Timbers players, including Darlington Nagbe, Will Johnson, Jack Jewsbury and Mikael Silvestre, at JELD-WEN Field. Timbers head coach Caleb Porter and assistant coach Sean McAuley will coach the teams.
“It is an honor to team up with Make-A-Wish and to be a part of this special wish for Atticus,” said Porter. “We are excited to see The Green Machine take the field at JELD-WEN Field and help create special memories for this young man.”
Fans are welcome to attend the match and admission is free; doors open at 11:15 a.m. The first 100 fans will receive a commemorative scarf and free pizza from Papa Murphy’s.
Additionally, Atticus, his family and friends will enjoy a unique game-day experience during the Timbers’ home match Thursday, May 2, against the New England Revolution as part of his wish.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980, the organization is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 250 volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 2,700 wishes throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. For more information about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit orwish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.