Meet Amaris Jackson, a 10-year-old girl who just signed with the Washington Wizards

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Amaris Jackson poses for pictures in front of John Wall's locker. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Wizards) Amaris Jackson poses for pictures in front of John Wall’s locker. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Wizards)

WASHINGTON  Everything stopped as 10-year-old Amaris Jackson entered the Washington Wizards practice gym.

The team was excited to welcome a special guest to shoot-around at the Verizon Center before Saturday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Little did they know she was about to become a teammate.

Jackson was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, a kidney cancer, in May 2013. Since then, she’s had two surgeries to remove two tumors, undergone two months of chemotherapy  she finished a round last Friday  and will have another surgery this week to remove a small tumor in her lungs.

But in the midst of all that, Jackson, who plays point guard for her middle school basketball team, had a wish  to “break barriers” and sign a contract with an NBA team. The…

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Author: rjbailey

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