Big surprise for valley teen named honorary member of Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns gave one teen a surprise of a lifetime when they showed up at his school and asked him to be their newest honorary member.

During a pep rally at Phoenix Christian Preparatory School, 17-year-old Jared Ornoski was selected to be an honorary member of the front office. Ornoski was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier this year.

"He's taking on this illness with good humor, and perseverance, and is prevailing so anybody can find inspiration from that," said Lon Babby.

But first things first, he's agreeing to a one-month long duty. 

"We have to sign a contract as an honorary member of the front office, but no negotiating," said Babby.

Jared's sister says the recognition couldn't have come at a better time.

"Just seeing him go through all this treatment, and just like the struggle I'm glad he has an opportunity like this to bring a light to the darkness that was placed on us," said Kendra Ornoski.

The family found out that Jared was selected last week. His father said it wasn't easy keeping it a secret, especially once they found out the Suns were flying Jared out to New York for the NBA Draft Lottery.

"When he went in the shower this morning we were going around, grabbing stuff," said Mike Ornoski.

But the secret was well-kept, Jared had no idea.

"I just thought it was a normal assembly, and I was going to talk to friends or something, and the Suns were there, I didn't know what to believe," said Jared Ornoski.

He even got a shout-out from Suns player Alex Len.

"Your flight leaves in an hour, can't wait to meet you, see you soon, go Suns!" said Alex Len.

Now Jared is in the limo off to New York to meet Sun's Center Alex Len to help in the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery. Babby says he hopes Jared will be their good luck charm.

"Bring us back the top three picks, and when he comes back he will come to one of the draft workouts when we bring the players in to help evaluate them," said Babby.

"I think this will be really cool," said Jared.

Jared has had multiple rounds of chemotherapy, which has shrunk the cancerous tumor by more than 80%. He's also paying it forward by raising funds and awareness around the importance of donating blood.
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