BOSTON, Mass. - Leading up to the biggest day of his young life, Brock Marvin had plenty to do.
Marvin, who underwent a successful heart transplant on Saturday, Dec. 11, had the chance to meet players from two Boston professional sports teams and had the chance to address medical students at the Harvard Medical School.
"Once a year, they select a couple of patients to speak with the students," said his father, Walter "Smitty" Marvin. "They asked him many questions and he kept them on the edge of their seats. The professor who runs the program caught up to him afterwards and said in over 20 years he thought this was the best he had ever seen, and that this session between patient and future doctors is the most remembered experience most students have."
In all, 160 medical students attended the event, which Marvin said was one of the most memorable experiences that he had leading up to the transplant.
Earlier in the week, Brock had the chance to meet with players from the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.
"There was seven or eight players that came to the hospital," said Marvin. "There were 40 or so kids who knew who they were and the players talked with the kids and sang holiday songs with them. The next day there were some guys from the Red Sox and Brock had the chance to talk to them."
Brock got the chance to take pictures with several of the athletes, including one of the biggest men in the NBA.
"He took a picture with Shaquille O'Neal, and it was amazing," said Marvin. "He dwarfs everyone that was there, even the other players, and they are all big guys."
On Tuesday, Marvin recieved yet another unexpected surprise when he received a get well card from legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, who he met during a trip through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in February.