Mizzou Basketball welcomes Make-A-Wish Missouri Wish Kid, Chanessey

From the University of Missouri

The University of Missouri Department of Athletics and Mizzou Basketball are proud to welcome Make-A-Wish Missouri Wish Kid, Chanessey, to campus this weekend as she and her family spend two days with the undefeated Tigers.

Better known to her friends and family as "Boo", Chanessey, 17, and her family will arrive at Mizzou Arena at 4:15 p.m. on Friday to watch practice and spend time with the team and coaches.  A fiercely competitive all-around athlete during her playing career, Chanessey, played multiple sports growing up before suffering a leg injury in 2010 while on the softball diamond. The injury ultimately led Chanessey to orthopedic specialists who found she was suffering from Osteogenic Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

While she played all sports, Basketball became her focus. Chanessey dreamed of playing at the collegiate level and even hoped one day to play in the WNBA. While she no longer plays basketball, Chanessey remains active in the sport by serving as her high school team's statistician. She also plays the trumpet with her high school band.

"What an awesome opportunity for us to spend some time with Chanessey and her family," Interim Head Coach Tim Fuller said. "Toughness comes in all forms and Chanessey is toughness personified. We are so excited to have her on campus this weekend and can't wait to have her as part of the Mizzou Basketball Family."

In addition to her passion for basketball, Chanessey's experience with professionals in the medical field has turned her career focus to obtaining a degree in Radiology Technology and Medical Imaging. Even with that new focus, Chanessey and her family still maintain that same passion for Tiger Hoops.

"The Tigers play fast and hard," Chanessey said. "Each player takes pride in their pressure against other teams and they share the ball. Their passes are quick and smooth, inside and out.  When all these strengths are clicking; they are winning!  Fear the Zou!!!"

Chanessey's wish has been adopted by the University of Missouri Wishmakers on Campus® program.  This program is designed for college students to discover the rewards of philanthropy while learning valuable assets to prepare for a career. There are close to 100 students involved with the program and they have been raising money throughout the school year to support wishes like Chanessey's.

Game time vs. Gardner-Webb on Saturday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

For more information on Make-A-Wish Missouri, please contact Kate Fotenos at kfotenos@mo.wish.org.