Ethan, who suffers from Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia which has caused him to lose all of his vision in his right eye and over 55% in his left eye and also left him with cleft hands and an inability to either sweat or cry (and has had surgery for his condition many times) received a special birthday visit from the state champion Prescott High School Boys Basketball Team during an all-school assembly at Malone Intermediate School in the afternoon.
He also received a special visit from a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Julius "Zeus" McClurkin, who also spoke to the assembly. Ethan received a Harlem Globetrotter's jersey and basketball from McClurkin who is with the Globetrotters as they tour the Midwest.
McClurkin said that members of the Globetrotters learned of Ethan's story a year ago when went out east for medical treatment in Baltimore and was named an honorary police officer in the Wildwood, New Jersey Police Department. McClurkin also brought Ethan a police uniform from the Wildwood PD.
Besides local media, news crews and reporters from the Twin Cities were also in attendance at the assembly.
|Harlem Globetrotter Julius "Zeus" McClurkin puts a spinning basketball on Ethan Kranig's finger at Malone Intermediate School Monday afternoon.|