Roy Hibbert Will Grant a Dying Fan’s Last Wish

by August 08, 2012

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.'”