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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It was much more than a big party for a young man from Waipahu at Dave & Buster's on Tuesday; for 14-year-old "Teejay," who's been diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor, it was a wish come true.

Welcome signs, the red carpet and lots of love filled the Honolulu Dave & Buster's Tuesday for the VIP's arrival.

Teejay's wish was something maybe all of us wish for, and that's to spend more time with loved ones.

"When Teejay came to Make A Wish Hawaii, he knew right off that out of this bucket list of things, he wanted to go to American Samoa and visit with his family members and have a really great time together," said Siana Hunt, CEO for Make A Wish.

The master of ceremonies for the Teejay's big party was local entertainer and comedian Augie T.

"The kid has an amazing heart, and I think that's the reason why so many people are coming out to support the boy," he said. "I was just moved by his bravery and sitting there listening to him talk, it was a very moving time, humbling time for me."

As part of Teejay's wish, his ten brothers and sisters, mom and dad will all fly to American Samoa Thursday for ten days.  While there, Teejay will meet his paternal grandfather for the first time.

"Having a wish is just that moment when you get to stop and remember what it's like to be a family, to laugh again," said Hunt.

Teejay's wish and Tuesday's party at Dave & Busters were made possible by local donations and contributions to Make A Wish Hawaii.

His medical condition is serious, and he has decided to stop any further treatment. 

"We just want to tell everybody thank you for everything," said Jocelyn Mamea, Teejay's mom.

"Thank you for all your prayers, especially your prayers.  And thank you for your love and support."