California teen with leukemia gets World Cup wish

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Updated: 6/15/2014 9:11 am

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California teenager who suffers from leukemia is one of 40 young people in the U.S. who will be attending the World Cup soccer matches in Brazil thanks to a foundation that works to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.

The Monterey County Herald says Ruben Rubio-Reyes of Salinas will be spending his 19th birthday in Rio de Janeiro and Curitaba, where the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has arranged for him and his father to watch Iran face Nigeria on Monday and attend the Honduras vs. Ecuador matchup on Friday.

Rubio-Reyes was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 15 and on his high school team. The Herald says he had to give up sports while he underwent chemotherapy, blood transfusions and lumbar punctures and still has five more months of weekly chemotherapy to go.

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