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NBA legend Scottie Pippen took the stage on Christmas Day at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre to play the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic Charles Dickens play “A Christmas Carol." Pippen was joined on the stage by 7-year-old La’Ren Kimble of Rockford, Ill., who was being granted her wish of being an actor by the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Kimble was diagnosed as an infant with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, which developed into a rare kidney cancer called Wilms' tumor, which she will have to battle for the rest of her life.
“I’ve worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation many times over the years, so when I was contacted about being in 'A Christmas Carol' with someone who had a wish, it was an easy decision,” said Pippen.
This is the sixth consecutive year that the theater and Make-A-Wish Illinois have worked together to make an ailing child’s wish come true. Other sports celebrities to take part in recent productions are Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull.
When the performance was over, Pippen also surprised La’Ren and her family with owners suite tickets to the Bulls Christmas Day match up with the Rockets. “Seeing the Bulls win,” said La’Ren. “I couldn’t believe how much shouting there was.” Amazing way to spend Christmas day for the youngster!
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