Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 at 9:35 am  |  21 responses

Roy Hibbert Will Grant a Dying Fan’s Last Wish

A young Roy Hibbert fan will get his dying wish, when the Indiana Pacers’ big man pays him a surprise visit this week. Per the Indy Star: “Lee Eddins had hoped he would be able to watch his idol, center Roy Hibbert, play in person when the Indiana Pacers visit Sacramento, Calif., for a game against the Kings in late November. But Lee, 12, is not expected to live that long. Diagnosed with stage four leukemia six months ago, Lee has been told he might only have a couple of weeks left to live. So Hibbert has planned a special surprise. Later this week, he is flying to Sacramento to meet Lee. ‘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,’ Hibbert said. ‘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.’ [...] Hibbert knows his visit with Lee won’t save the boy’s life. He simply wants to enjoy the time they will share and try to lift Lee’s spirits as much as possible. Hibbert also plans to have his mouth swabbed to see if he’s a bone marrow match. ‘I’ve had two family members die of cancer,’ Hibbert said. ‘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.’”

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  • miagus23

    This really is something beautiful for Roy to do. Simply beautiful. Hats off to Roy :)

  • vtrobot

    Hell yeah, Roy. If you’re so important to someone that there dying wish is just to spend time with you, you go. I always love to hear about people taking the time and the effort to do this. As a parent, I can’t imagine how hard that must be to see any kid in that situation. Way to step up, Roy. Peace.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    unfortunatley this wont get even close to same amount of media coverage that an nba player getting busted for drugs or crashin his car would.

  • Mike From Spain

    I am reading this at the office and it brought me to tears, it feels awkward now, I think I’ll have to complain about how the air contitioning makes my eyes too dry and hence the tearing. This story was touching.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Great story. Much respect to Roy Hibbert. And much love to Lee Edins!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Exile

    Co-sign Da-Meat-Hook.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC03hmS1Brk Max

    Your wish will be granted.
    Hibbert is a good guy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    co-sign mike from spain. Tears are welling. It’s a good way to get perspective.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Roy has always seemed like a decent guy. This is the kind of story that I wish were published more. I don’t like the Pacers but they’ve got a good young man and decent center.

  • RickyRude

    God bless

  • MikeC.

    Total class. The youngster will get a boost from this.

  • http://slam Moses

    As a parent I have a new found respect for Mr. Hibbert. Truly a class act move, much respect.

  • David J Mora

    Way to go Roy! Thank you. My thoughts and prayers are with Lee and the Eddins Family.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Hanging with TD will do that to a man

  • Red Star


  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • mubayarea

    I’m also a grown up about to get teary eyed at work. Roy is such a great dude for doing this. I am going to pray for lee and his family. Miracles happen and Roy is making it happen…..hoping there is another miracle in store for that family.

  • http://www.slamonline.com house

    Awesome and touching.

  • Leonard

    Outstanding! Other NBA players should take notice of this selfless act of kindness and make the effort to be better citizens and give something of themselves back to the people that make their millions possible.

  • kiel

    on roy hibberts way to the air port the boy died… so sad