Baby Shawn appears on Wake Up! after meeting basketball idol

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 5-year-old Niagara Falls resident “Baby Shawn” Kennedy recently got to meet his basketball idol, Steph Curry, a point guard for the Golden State Warriors.

Baby Shawn was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a disease that on average, takes the life of children within one year of diagnosis.

He has undergone at least 30 rounds of radiation to combat a tumor in his body. Doctors say the tumor is shrinking as treatment continues.

Mike Esposito, a friend of the Golden State Warriors’ head coach, had heard about Shawn and how big a fan he was of Curry.

Eventually, with Esposito’s help, a time was set up for Shawn and Curry to meet this past week.

News 4’s Brittni Smallwood sat down with Baby Shawn and Esposito to learn more about the once-in-a-lifetime experience on Wake Up! Friday.

See their interview in the video above. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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