Roy Hibbert to grant a fan’s last wish
Every once in awhile, an athlete does something publicly that sheds a positive light on the sports world rather than the negativity we usually see. This is one such case. Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert will grant a fan’s last wish.
12 year-old Lee Eddins, who was diagnosed with stage four Leukemia earlier this year, was hoping to see Hibbert play live when the NBA season rolled around, only to receive some heartbreaking news: he is not expected to live that long. So Hibbert, who usually has a tough time seeing children in such tough positions, is planning a special surprise visit to grant his biggest fan’s dying wish:
Once I heard he had a dying wish, I knew I had to do something more than send him presents and Skype with him on the computer. I’m usually uncomfortable going to hospitals when the Pacers do events because it’s pretty tough to see kids in that situation. Once I heard about Lee, I realized I had to get over it and do it for him….It’s tough. I seriously don’t know what I’m going to say to Lee. I’m just going to be myself. If I can get a smile out of him that will be great.’”
This is sure to be a humbling experience for Hibbert, although he seems to already be a humble guy. A lot of athletes donate to charity and visit hospitals as part of team obligations, but there’s something much more special about a guy who makes it personal. Hats off to you, Mr. Hibbert, you’re setting an example to follow.