Shaun White’s Make A Wish donation was perfect after coming up short of his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s snowboarding half pipe on Feb. 10. White left Sochi and scored big with his fans by giving away his snowboards.
Meeting White wasn’t part of the Make-A-Wish deal. But thanks to a reporter and the Team USA snowboarding PR guy, the pro snowboarder stopped mid-event to say hello and make their day.
It was a pretty cool moment that got even better Thursday when White gave away the snowboards he used during the Sochi Games to the two fans he met Tuesday and a third man who had also been selected by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Ben Hughes is a 10-year-old who was diagnosed with leukemia at 6 and beat it. Kaitlyn Lyles is a 19-year-old who survived a rare form of bone cancer and fell in love with White while undergoing chemotherapy. The third Shaun White Make A Wish fan was identified only as Judson.
We don’t know his story, but if foundation is involved, there’s a good chance it’s heartbreaking too.
While the pro snowboarding world comes to grips with its feelings about White — whether they love him, hate him or are just tired of him — you’ll get little debate from these three fans. To them, he’s an Olympic hero.
Prior to Sean White’s Make A Wish donation, he faced a lot of scrutiny from Brandon Davis who claims he was betrayed by the pro snowboarder while at the Olympics.