A local teen recently had the chance of a lifetime to meet NBA superstar Steph Curry.
Peyton Fleming, 17, saw his wish to meet the Golden State Warriors’ basketball player granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“He is a big fan. He watches every game and follows every moment,” said Peyton’s mother, Lorrie Fleming.
Peyton was born with a congenital heart defeat which required surgery to repair.
According to Peyton’s mom, he contracted kidney disease through a blood transfusion.
“He managed that illness until the teenage years, when your body is growing and it is too hard on the kidneys and Duke told us that around that age he would probably need a transplant and he was 14 and we found the kidney got a kidney and it kind of spiraled off of that,” said Lorrie Fleming.
Months after the transplant, Peyton’s health spiraled down and in March, 2017 he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
“He kind of got a little sickly in January and had some stuff going on like a sinus (infection. He) got hospitalized a couple of times and (he) just couldn’t get over it...so it just kind of snowballed,” said Lorrie Fleming.
He was in and out of the hospital for months.
In the midst of Peyton’s fight, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina reached out wanting to grant his wish and sent a volunteer coordinator to the Fleming’s home.
“They came out to the house and talked to us and we told them what he wanted,” said Lorrie Fleming.
Toward the end of last year, Peyton Fleming went into remission but still has to be monitored by doctors and go through weekly treatments to maintain a balance with his health.
“He is doing well. It is still a fine line between the kidney and the lymphoma...Right now he is doing that every other week...He has an IV infusion, it is like an antibiotic treatment and it helps his system. It helps protect the kidney,” said Lorrie Fleming.
Nearly two years after the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted the Fleming family, Peyton’s wish came to fruition, as he and his family boarded a plane to San Francisco.
“The day of the meeting, they bussed us off to the site which was kind of like a Palace Pointe,” said Lorrie Fleming.
Peyton and other Make-A-Wish Foundation recipients went to Boomers!, a family entertainment center in Oakland, California, to have fun, play mini golf, ride go karts and meet Steph Curry.
“He is a very humble person. You can see that and he made a point to personalize it with the kids like when he was giving out the gift bags at the end. He literally made note of the time he had spent with each kid. When Peyton went up to get his bag from him and shake his hand he (called him) Peyton the mini golfer. If he had (ridden) bumper boats with the kids he had made note of that. So he was very sweet and humble and he didn’t act like he was there doing a job or anything like that. He was really wanting to wish them well,” said Lorrie Fleming.
Peyton and his family stayed in San Francisco for a few days to explore the city and attended a Warriors game before returning home.
“It was a really good experience and it was something that we will always treasure and a memory we will always have,” said Lorrie Fleming.