Villanova already stole the hearts of the nation with its buzzer-beater national championship win over North Carolina. Now, the Wildcats have taken things to a new level.
Blaise Davis is a 4-year-old boy from Havertown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He was diagnosed in February with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Despite going through five rounds of chemotherapy, Blaise has been in high spirits thanks to the Wildcats. His parents, Annie and Andrew, went to Villanova, and Blaise was recently interviewed on Fox 29 during the team's victory parade.
To help Blaise recover from surgery in a comfortable space, a family friend redid the Davis basement. The basement was finished this week, and when Blaise saw it for the first time, two of his heroes, Villanova seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, were waiting.
Here's the video via Crossing Broad, which edited clips sent by family and friends of the Davises:
Like Blaise, Annie and Andrew were not in on the surprise. Wildcats assistant coach Ashley Howard brought Villanova gear for Blaise and a basketball signed by every coach in the Big Five.
Blaise's GoFundMe page collected more $37,500 by Thursday afternoon, and donations are still welcome.
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