Sep 20, 2015 8:37 PM
STRATHAM - Sunday afternoon marked a very special moment for a teen who has been battling aplastic anemia.
The condition is rare and serious and occurs when the body stops producing new blood cells.
For 14-year-old Behaylu Barry, it also often kept him home.
The teen, who was adopted from Ethiopia, said he often bled easily in different parts of his body.
"Every time I would brush my teeth, my teeth would start bleeding -- my gums would start bleeding," Barry said.
But thanks to Make-A-Wish, he’s now a little bit more comfortable.
Although it should be noted that when the organization first contacted Barry about what he'd wish for, the humble lifelong soccer player originally declined their offer.
“I didn’t want anything actually," Barry said. "I didn’t really see myself as one of those really sick people.”
But after Make-A-Wish - and his parents - continued to convince him to accept the incredible propsoal, he decided to ask for a man cave.
Weeks later, his wish was granted. And on Sunday, his remodeled basement was revealed with a brand new 75" high-definition television, a mini-refrigerator, a massage chair from Planet Fitness (who sponsored his wish), and many sports collectibles.
"I thought it was really cool. It was great that Make-A-Wish foundation did that," said Barry's classmate Patrick Quinn. "He framed jerseys of Rooney, and they were signed and everything. That was awesome.”
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