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Jazzed Up (with love!)

Leslie Brown

It’s no surprise to learn that the body and mind are inextricably intertwined, so allowing a kid with cancer to live a dream, may just extend his ability to live.

On October 6th, the Utah Jazz signed up five year old J.P. for a one day contract.   J.P. in a scene that will flat-out give you goosebumps, is raised high above a player’s head and allowed to place a “slam-dunk” during a scrimmage!

JP Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, signed his contract with the Jazz and was in uniform for their opening night scrimmage.

JP and his family were hosted by the Jazz and photographer Jon Diaz’s “Anything Can Be” project, which creates storybooks for children with cancer about their dreams and wishes.

“JP loves most sports, but basketball is definitely his favorite,” his mother, Megan Gibson, said. “When he was just over a year old, he would sit with my husband Josh watching games. He started insisting on shooting hoops for an hour each night before bedtime when he was just 15 months old. He knows he has to be six before he can play Junior Jazz, and he reminds us all the time that he can’t wait until he’s six.”


Let’s pray for J.P. here at the UA family so we can celebrate birthday number six with him!

Painting by Debra Hurd



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