“My biggest wish is to meet my favorite player, Kim Min-jae.”
Kim Min-jae (27, Bayern Munich) made a special day for a boy with an incurable disease.
“National team defender Kim Min-jae fulfilled the special wish of a boy with an incurable disease,” Make-A-Wish Korea said on Aug. 8. Make-A-Wish is an international nonprofit organization that aims to transform the lives of children and families battling rare and incurable diseases through wish grants.
Jin Young Kim (pseudonym), age 9, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, was healthy enough to represent his soccer club in national tournaments when a sudden illness changed his life in the summer of 2021. He has since endured a grueling two-year course of treatment that continues to this day.
His story was told to Kim Min-jae through Make-A-Wish Korea, and how he never let go of his passion for soccer and his dream of becoming a soccer player. Jinyoung was so fascinated by Kim Min-jae’s defensive skills that he wanted to meet him in person.
The two finally met at a futsal field in Seoul. Despite his busy schedule, Kim agreed to meet with Jinyoung to support him and spent a special day with him, participating in several programs including soccer teaching, Q&A, and hand printing.
After receiving his wish, Jinyoung said, “It’s like a dream to meet my role model, Kim Min-jae,” and expressed his ambition to overcome his illness and become a soccer player. His mother, who was also present at the event, said, “I have always felt sorry for Jinyoung, who has been going through a difficult time,” and added, “I am very grateful to Kim Min-jae and Make-A-Wish Korea for imprinting the words ‘dreams do come true’ in his soul.” 꽁머니
Make-A-Wish® is an international nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children (ages 3-18) battling rare and incurable diseases, including childhood cancers such as leukemia, brain tumors and lymphoma. With the goal of making a difference in the lives of children through wish fulfillment, Make-A-Wish Korea was founded in 2002 and has granted more than 5,300 wishes to date and will continue to support children with life-threatening illnesses.