Timbers Game Against Green Machine Features Game-Winning Goal by Cancer Patient

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMay 1, 2013

Amid a raucous crowd chanting his name, eight-year-old cancer patient Atticus Lane-Dupre became his team's hero, scoring the winning goal against the formidable Portland Timbers.

Deadspin spotted the wonderful moment brought to fans by the MLS side and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which gave one little boy his dream of winning the big game in front of thousands of cheering fans.

From the 3,000 people who showed up to watch a friendly between a professional team and a group of kids, to the Timbers, who made the game exciting and competitive, so much wonderful is packed into this short video.

Oregon Live has more details on the game, which was as lively as any MLS Cup match. It all went down Wednesday, May 1, at Jeld-Wen Field.

The game took place at 11:30 a.m., which, as the report hints, was the perfect excuse for locals to take an extended lunch break.

It seems like thousands of Portland faithful got the memo, because they not only showed up for a free game but delivered an epic atmosphere. I dare you not to crack a smile once the crowd chants "Atticus" at the 1:23 mark.

Speaking of atmosphere, take in every second of this Vine post from the team.

The North End is cheering for #GreenMachine #TimbersWish vine.co/v/bQZEiHa9Hvm

— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) May 1, 2013

Oregon Live reports Lane-Dupre is a local boy who was diagnosed with cancer last fall and had one wish: for his pals to take on his favorite team.

The Timbers could have easily delivered with a friendly before a scheduled match but decided to make this far more special. They gave their eight-year-old fan a day all to himself, when he was as prolific a scorer as any on the pitch and a true hero to every fan in the stadium.

 

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