8-year-old cancer patient has big game against Portland Timbers (video)


Atticus Lane-Dupre scored the game-winner against the Portland Timbers. (Don Ryan / AP)

Atticus Lane-Dupre made mincemeat of the Portland Timbers, scoring four goals — including the game-winner — in a 10-9 victory Wednesday at Jeld-Win Field.

A crowd of about 3,000 watched Lane-Dupre put on a show in a game that was a Make-a-Wish request by Lane-Dupre, an 8-year-old survivor of kidney cancer. The Timbers were facing the Green Machine, Lane-Dupre’s youth team.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Jennifer Lane, Lane-Dupre’s mother, told the Oregonian. “I just think it’s so exciting that he gets to be with his heroes and gets to play this game.”

Lane-Dupre’s wish came about after he was forced to miss his team’s last soccer match last year as he recovered from surgery to remove his kidney and chemotherapy. His father, told the Oregonian that his son’s prognosis is good.

Lane-Dupre said after the game that it was “lots of fun,” but that the game-winner wasn’t his favorite goal. “[It was] the one where I nutmegged Will Johnson,” he told the Oregonian.

Yes, once again, it’s getting dusty in here.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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