Saturday, January 9, 2016

MacKale's Super-Sized Angel

**This post is written by MacKale.  We have learned throughout this journey with MacKale that God has a way of 'sending the right people for the right reasons at the right time . . . every time.'  These people are truly angels  to us and in December, MacKale received a super-sized angel in the form of a new friend.  December was a pretty rough month for MacKale.  He was in isolation a lot due to a lingering virus, he couldn't go to school or church and he felt weak and miserable, but the one thing that got Mac through the tough times was texting back and forth with MSU basketball player, Matt Costello.  We really believe that Matt has been that special angel that God has sent us to distract MacKale from the difficulties of chemo during December and bring a smile to his face when nothing else would.  Here's MacKale's story of meeting his friend Matt for the first time in person.**

After having the chance to talk to Matt I really wanted to go to an MSU basketball game to watch him play in person.  So I found out at Christmas time that my Grandma Lucy and Papa had tickets to one of the games, and they invited me and my dad to go with them.  I was elated!!!! How cool!


We traveled down and found the hotel we were going to stay in because the game didn't start until 9 o'clock.  We had great seats for the game in the 7th row.  So when we came in to the Breslin Center originally we came in WAY up at the top but our seats were so far down that I would have had to crutch it like a bazillion steps down so we went and found an elevator and then I only had to go up a few steps.  The seats were REALLY good.  I could see everything. I even saw myself on the jumbotron once.  It was focused on the guy in front of me, but I still got on it.


Of course, I was most excited to see my friend Matt play.  He had a really good game . . . 14 rebounds and 9 points.  It was exciting every time he made a shot, rebounded or block.



I wasn't really sure if I would get the to meet him after the game or not, because you know, he's kind of busy.  But his mom told me to go down to the high five line and when Matt came around I was suppose to grab his arm and tell him 'this is Mac' so he would realize it was me.  When he realized it was me he said 'Hey Buddy!'



And then he gave me a big hug.


It was really awesome to meet him after texting back and forth.


Then all the players went into the locker room and Mr. Costello, Matt's dad, invited me into the family waiting room/players room.  There was tons of pizza in there.  And players could just take what they wanted.  Some of them would take a WHOLE pizza and eat the whole thing.  I'm not sure how they ate a whole pizza.  But anyway, while I was there I got to meet some of the players (Gavin Shilling #34, Forbes #5 and Davis #23) while I waited to go in and see Matt in the locker room.



I saw this great big board where they post their goals near the pizza table (I promise I wasn't stealing any!).  If they make their goal then they get a Spartan sign, if not they get their stats written in.   


Then Mr. Costello and Matt took me into the locker room to check out where he gets ready.   And he showed me all his shoes.  There was an incredible amount of shoes for just playing basketball.  He has so many that he let me just pick a pair.  They were huge.  I could put my shoes on and still fit in  them!  It was pretty cool.  The pair I got were neon green and he played in them in 2012.  


It was so neat to see where he and the other players get ready.  


Then we got to see the practice gym.



And then guess where they showed me?  


Coach Izzo's office is pretty big.  The room next to Coach Izzo's is where Matt signed with MSU.  It felt pretty special to have them spend time with me and show me around.



It was a pretty late night so I finally had to say good-bye to Matt and his fiancee' Anna.  I think I finally went to bed at about 1:30am because I was watching a bunch of after game stuff and was still pretty excited.   It was a pretty incredible night.  One that I will remember forever, but the best part was getting to have fun with Matt (Do you know he wears Yoda hat --it's hilarious!  He got it from his mom for Christmas.)  and finding out he's a really great athlete because he's such a nice guy.  

Go Spartans!



**'God sends us the right people at the right time for the right reasons every time.'  I'm not sure what compelled Matt to reach out to MacKale that first time, but he did and it has given MacKale such joy.  I was a bit worried that first time that MacKale texted Matt.   Maybe Mac would be 'bothering' Matt.  He's was a busy college student with a lot going on after all, but seeing those brief glimpses of delight from MacKale when he'd been so sick allowed me to selfishly think that maybe it really was, 'ok, ' and in fact, it was better than ok.  I am so grateful that God chose Matt for MacKale.  

28 comments:

  1. I am so excited to hear about your BIG day! I truly believe that things happen for a reason. I know that these memories will be so special to look back on! Keep on fighting your fight!!

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    1. Thanks Carrie. Yes, I think will very important memories for MacKale to focus on during tough times. We are all very blessed by the kindness of others.
      Marsha

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  2. Wow! What an incredible day you had. As much as I enjoy the writing your mom does, I especially loved hearing your voice! You are something special young man... something special indeed!

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    1. It's always fun for me to get a break, too. Thanks Deedee
      Marsha

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  3. Mackale, I've been waiting to hear about your night. You had an awesome visit with the team. I'd say you are one lucky guy! I love seeing your smile and enthusiasm ....it brings tears to my eyes (you'll understand this more when you're a grownup and have your own kids!!)I'm very impressed with your writing skills. I can hear your voice in your writing. Keep on smiling!
    Patty

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    1. Patty, he really is very blessed.
      Marsha

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  4. WoW!!! I love this so much! You are an incredible writer, just like your mom! Your story is amazing! Keep writing...Keep inspiring...Keep being YOU!
    We are praying for you MacKale!!
    The Moffatt Girls!

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    1. Love you Annie. Thank you for your continued prayers.
      Marsha

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  5. Holy cow Mac that was a big day huh??? So cool to meet Matt and see the game and then go back and do all the other stuff you did how fun!!! Luv your smile Mac it's contagious so keep smiling as it makes other people smile, luv ya man!!! Miss Tina

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  6. Holy cow Mac that was a big day huh??? So cool to meet Matt and see the game and then go back and do all the other stuff you did how fun!!! Luv your smile Mac it's contagious so keep smiling as it makes other people smile, luv ya man!!! Miss Tina

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  7. Mac! This was a great post! I think my fifth graders would be beyond impressed with your writing--and with your adventure that night! We think about you often here in California and send you good thoughts...

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    1. Thanks for continuing to keep us in your thoughts and prayers Kim.
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  8. God takes care of us in so many little ways! A great piece of writing Mac

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  9. How awesome, MacKale! You had a really GREAT ADVENTURE! I love all of the fantastic pictures! I agree with you, though. How in the WORLD can one person eat a WHOLE PIZZA by himself! Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share your super story with us!

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  10. Wow! It is so encouraging to hear Mac's excitement! God does send our families the right people at the right time! I am so impressed with Matt Costello. Thanks for sharing, Mac! Luke will be on 9 all this week (Jan 11-15). I hope we can see you while we're there.

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  11. Holy guacamole! What a great night for you! Loved hearing about Matt - how wonderful that he's as nice a person as he is a great basketball player! You have some great pictures and memories to treasure! Hope you're having a good day watching your Spartans, hang tough MacKale!

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  12. MacKale, as a gramdma of a 6th grader, I know what a wonderful experience you had at the game, and meeting Matt is person. God set up this friendship ahead of time, and that is so wonderful. Your picture blog was incredible....continuing to pray....your friends at school and everyone is praying and waiting for you to be better. Blessings to you dear little man....you are pretty wonderful yourself. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. MacKale, as someone who went on a journey, with my brother with cancer. I know that Prayer has to be a part of your daily routine. All the best from Sparty55, Grand Rapids

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    1. Yes Sparty 55, we are a prayerful pack of people. Thanks for your kind wishes.

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    2. Yes Sparty 55, we are a prayerful pack of people. Thanks for your kind wishes.

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  14. I got a Team MacKale t-shirt for my birthday! Best present this year. I will surely wear in on the 29th so that everyone I meet will be invited to prayer for your sweet family. Have stayed away from the hospital as our family has been sharing germs that you surely do not need. We keep you all in prayer. Love, James and Helen

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