TODAY | May 05, 2013
>>> a young soccer player battling cancer dreamed of playing against his favorite professional team. and his wish was granted in front of a crowd of thousands. and as jenna wolfe tells us, it's game they're not likely to forget.
>> reporter: for one afternoon, 8-year-old adicus lean depris got to play alongside his favorite team, the portland timbers . he is battling cancer, and wished for his green machine to fight it out on the field with his sport heroes. the make-a-wish foundation made that happen.
>> kids just choose to go to disneyland with their family. i chose something that lots of people are doing.
>> reporter: but what made the day even more special was when he scored not one, but four goals to help his team beat the timbers, 10-9. more than 3,000 fans watched the timbers play addicus and his teammates. he had to miss games with the green machine last season because of cancer treatments . when his sport idols heard about his wish, they were more than happy to make it come true. his favorite player, will johnson , even switched jerseys with him.
>> when you talk to him for a little bit, you understand what he's going through. it puts it all in perspective for you. and i just wanted to make a gesture as best i could to try to ease the pain just for a second or two.
>> reporter: and from the looks of it, pain was the furtherest thing from his mind.
>> it's really hard not to get overcome by emotion, seeing him out there running around, healthy kid, you know, happy, smiling. absolutely touching to play a part in making his wish come true.
>> reporter: his dad, burt, also has his own wish coming true.
>> he's doing really well now and, you know, this certainly helps.
>> reporter: and at the end of the game, addicus was appropriately awarded man of the match.