For a child stuck in a hospital room for six months, getting online can be one of their only escapes.
Now, a Raytown 14-year-old is using that same tool to try to make his court-side dreams come true.
Marcel Prewitt is a huge basketball fan, and he's a fighter.
"I don't think I could go through none of the stuff he's been through, none of it," said Marcel's mother, Marrica Prewitt.
Marcel was born with sickle cell disease. He lived basically a normal life, but after a stroke in 2006, he needed monthly blood transfusions.
So when doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant, the whole family lined up to help, including his older sister, Raven Prewitt.
"I was a match for him. My parents talked to me about it and I decided to do it," she said.
But what should have been a cure, instead set off a string of dangerous complications and drug reactions. Marcel spent two months on a ventilator. He's been at Children's Mercy Hospital more than six months.
"It's been one of the hardest things I've ever experienced in my life, to see what he's been through. But also, with all the pain we also see joy," said Marcel's father, Sal Prewitt.
Marcel's now back on the road to recovery. He's working hard in physical therapy to regain his strength, and his trainers are working to lift his spirits too.
"They asked him if he had one wish, one dream what would he do?" Sal Prewitt said.
The answer didn't take long.
"Meeting LeBron James would be one of my biggest dreams," Marcel said.
So Children's Mercy staff helped Marcel shoot his own video, and post it to YouTube.
They're hoping the power of social media can help it spread all the way to the Miami Heat's top player, get him tickets to an NBA game, and maybe an autograph.
"Something else different from the every day medicine and therapies and stuff like that," Marrica Prewitt said.
Something more to motivate Marcel, out of his hospital room, and back on the court again, against a sister who now shares a bond even stronger than love of the game.
"My goal is to beat her and to show her that I got better," Marcel said.
To watch Marcel's video in full, and to share it to help it go viral, click here.
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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