Missouri Mavericks honor tough teen with a shot of kindness

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – An area teenager had a wish granted on Tuesday; the Missouri Mavericks drafted him, a milestone for the young cancer survivor.

A single shot of kindness can work wonders, and can lead to a priceless moment.

Times haven't always been so perfect for 17-year-old Koby Becker. The Ottawa High School senior is officially in remission in his fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Becker has endured 16 chemotherapy doses and 15 sessions of radiation.

“I was recently told I was in remission about a month ago -- two months ago,” Koby explained.

The Becker family says the Make-A-Wish Foundation has supported them the entire time -- including this sweet surprise from the Missouri Mavericks.

“It's been really tough, but the best thing I could have done was to keep my head up and keep going through it,” Koby said.

“I can't even explain how much of a nightmare it is. It's the worst news you will ever hear, that your child has cancer,” his mom, Traci, said. “He's been through a lot. I think we all have.”

Koby says he's always been a baseball fan, but he confessed, he's never seen a hockey game. Maverick’s players say they see this as a chance to win a new fan while showing some kindness.

“We go through ups and downs throughout the season. This puts everything in perspective,” said defensemen Bryce Aneloski. “We have so much respect for what he's gone through. He's such a strong young man.”

“Seeing how fast-paced it is, I might actually start watching it,” said Bryce.

He has to watch and cheer. He's their teammate. The Mavericks and its sponsors also sent the Becker family on a vacation to Hawaii during the past year. The Mavs will be back on the ice Wednesday night -- hosting the Quad City Mallards.