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Amaris Jackson: Washington Wizards sign 10-year-old with cancer to contract

The Washington Wizards truly know how to touch hearts.
The Washington Wizards truly know how to touch hearts.
Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards are enjoying a great deal of success this season, and they are finding themselves in the hearts of a whole city and state. Well, now they're breaching out to the whole world. The Washington Post reported on April 12, 2014, that the Wizards signed Amaris Jackson to a one-day contract.

Jackson happens to be a 10-year-old girl with a rare kidney cancer.

Before Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Verizon Center, Jackson walked out onto the court for a shoot-around. The team was very excited to welcome her to the arena, but they didn't know she would soon be a teammate.

In May 2013, Amaeris Jackson was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, a rare kidney cancer. She has since undergone two surgeries to remove two tumors and two months of chemotherapy. This week, she will have a third surgery to remove a small tumor in her lungs.

Jackson plays point guard for her middle school basketball team and made a wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That wish was to "break barriers" and sign a contract with an NBA team.

On Saturday, Jackson was brought into the Wizards' locker room and given a personalized jersey and shoes that she plans to wear "all the time." Right before tip-off, she met with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and signed a one-day contract.

Before the game, she took it all in and was even given the nickname of "A-Money" from her new teammates before hitting a few baskets in warm-ups.

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