Inter Miami CF were able to grant one last wish for Patricio Ojeda, a 15-year-old Inter Miami fan. Patricio was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and after a two-year battle he was given little time to live. As an avid football enthusiast and Inter Miami fan, Patricio’s last wish was to come to DRV PNK Stadium and meet the Inter Miami players. Inter Miami were able to give Patricio and his family a day they will never forget. On July 9, 2021, Club signed Patricio as official player for the day, with his jersey waiting for him in the locker room alongside the lockers of his favorite players – Gonzalo HiguaÃn and Blaise Matuidi. As he was too ill to attend a game, an intra-squad scrum was organized in his honor and Patricio was named captain for the day. The players treated him like a member of the team as he sat alongside Phil Neville on the team bench for the game. Inter Miami staff and players raised funds for Patricio’s family who were grappling with the financial burden of their son’s illness. Sadly, Patricio lost his battle on July 31, 2021.
A Patricio Ojeda commemorative framed shirt will be placed at the DRV PNK stadium to ensure he will always be part of the club. The framed shirt was presented by the team at the DRV PNK stadium during the pre-match and the full story was shown in the stadium as well as on club channels. This year’s Kick Childhood Cancer efforts are dedicated to Patricio.