Stephen Loszewski has forever rooted for the Michigan Wolverines, an allegiance he took from his father.
So when the Make-A-Wish Foundation told Stephen a few months ago to submit the best wish he could think of — he’s been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow, for three-and-a-half years — his choice was pretty obvious.
He and his family were called to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to spend a day with the Wolverines. Stephen’s parents, Kristi and Greg, knew what was ahead, but their son had no idea.
Loszewski, 18, played football growing up before getting sick, and here he was again on a football field, with a new set of teammates gathered around.
At the 50-yard line in Michigan Stadium, he addressed the Wolverines. "I want to do battle with you gentlemen," Loszewski said.
Later, in a media room, the team sat down their "recruit" and had to make it official. On a table sat four hats: Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame. It was time for Loszewski to commit.
"I want to say, this decision could not have been less difficult," Loszewski said, picking up the Michigan hat. "I’m going to go with the Big Blue."