SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) A Wisconsin teen’s wish to meet the Utah Jazz mascot become a reality thanks to Make-A-Wish Utah Tuesday.
Elizabeth Cropper’s parents couldn’t remember the last time their daughter smiled so big.
“Awesome. It’s awesome,” the 13-year-old said.
The diehard Utah Jazz fan loves watching the team with her Dad, who grew up in West Valley City. Between difficult tests and doctors appointments, cheering on the Jazz Bear eased her suffering in her home in Fond du Lac, WI.
Cerebral palsy and seizures challenge Cropper. She could have asked for anything from Make-A-Wish.
“She said she wanted to meet the Jazz bear and give him a hug,” her dad, Ryan said.
“She is a great kid who had to endure some things that are hard for a kid to do. She’s a trooper,” her mother, Angie said.
In the middle of lunch with Jazz dancers at Red Robin, Bear surprised her with gifts and a ride in a South Salt Lake fire truck.
After a dance lesson and makeover by Jazz dancers, she will meet the team and be introduced at the game against the Detroit Pistons.
“When you hear about a little girl like Elizabeth that has gone through the challenges she has gone through, everyone goes all out to help her out,” said Make-A-Wish Utah’s Christina Wright.
“It’s great to see her happy. There are a lot of hard stuff but it’s really great to have one great day that’s really all about her,” Angie said.
Elizabeth’s mother, father and 17-year-old brother will fly back to Wisconsin Wednesday.