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Make-A-Wish Foundation brings teenager to NBA 2K dev and into the game

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A 14-year-old boy suffering from a blood disorder was able to realize one of his dreams earlier this month: He visited the headquarters of NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts and gave the studio ideas for the game.

The Greater Bay Area chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation worked with 2K Sports and PlayStation to grant a wish for Treyvon Williams-King. He visited Visual Concepts in Novato, Calif., a suburb of San Francisco, and met with NBA 2K developers to offer his suggestions for NBA 2K15 and the future of the basketball franchise. The studio also digitized Williams-King's face and performed motion capture to put him in the game. You can watch a video of his day at Visual Concepts above.

"I did not expect any of this," said Williams-King. "This is more than I asked for, and I thank [the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 2K Sports] a lot."

"I've never seen him as happy as he has been today," said Troy Simpkins, who is Williams-King's best friend.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area is the same organization that put together a very special day of crime fighting in San Francisco last fall for Batkid, the alter ego of 5-year-old leukemia sufferer Miles Scott.

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