Age: 13 Hometown: Inglewood, CA Game: UCLA v. University of Colorado View game photos on Flickr
Leonard may be the most basketball-loving kid in America. He doesn't just thrill at watching the game - he knows the game, inside and out. Whether it's knowledge about old-school players, college stats or the now-defunct ABA (which ceased to exist when it merged with the NBA 18 years before Leonard was born), Leonard is a card-collecting, draft-watching, eat-and-breathe-the-game basketball fanatic.
When Leonard was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2012, what kept his spirits high were the many basketball DVDs he received from friends and family, the popular television show Sports Center and a visit from UCLA's men's basketball team.
Today, Leonard is undergoing treatment and is doing well, and he is looking forward to having his wish to meet Kevin Durant and the other players of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He came close to meeting the team last year, but broke his leg just days before his wish was to be granted.
His family says it has been difficult for Leonard to not participate in his usual summer basketball league, or even to shoot around in the backyard. But with physical therapy, he now is rebuilding his strength and confidence and is anxious to again run, jump and practice dunking.
This past October, Leonard did participate as an honorary captain for the UCLA Dribble for a Cure event, and he enjoys spending time while in clinic making stick-figure basketball characters and filming videos to send to his basketball buddies. He also always tries to organize/participate in a March Madness bracket.
Learn more about myUCLAhealth