Cricket: Sick Teen Gets Wish To Meet Lara Granted

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Mar. 30, 2006: A 16-year-old Australian teen, living with a lung disease, got his wish to meet West Indies former skipper, Brian Lara, during the washed out final test match against New Zealand in Napier.

Derek Medbury was flown over to New Zealand by the Make A Wish Foundation especially to meet Lara, who he calls his all time favorite cricketer. Lara hosted the teen and his parents for the test match and presented him with a multitude of highly sought after items from his personal cricket kit, including an autographed West Indies training cap and test shirt.
And at the end of the Test match Lara presented Derek with one of his prized MRF bats, a pair of pads and a pair of batting gloves, all which he used in the game.
“I have now become your number one fan,” Lara reportedly wrote on the shirt to Derek, after hearing the boy’s story of living with the challenging ailment.
Derek also met the entire West Indies team and got the chance to watch them warm-up on day one from close quarters on the field and played some cricket with the coaching staff and some players in the dressing room after the first day’s play. He spent time chatting and mingling with his favorite cricketers, took photographs, got autographs and received several other cricketing gear and kit.
Lara has promised to stay in contact with the youngster in future while Derek’s next wish is to play cricket for the West Indies. –