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opiejsimpson
08-07-2012, 08:26 PM
Wish this little guy best of luck.

http://m.indystar.com/localheadlines/article?a=2012208080314&f=1242

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."

Lee has spent his entire young life in California. Hibbert grew up in the Washington D.C. area before joining the Pacers out of Georgetown in 2008. So where did Lee's admiration for Hibbert come from?

"Lee's followed Roy since he was back at Georgetown," Eddins legal guardian Victor Baker said. "Lee likes players from all over the NBA, but there's something about Roy that he liked. I didn't even know he had heard of Roy Hibbert before."

Now Lee will get to meet the 7-footer, and for at least several hours, perhaps focus on something other than the ordeal he's been enduring the past few months.

Lee had what Baker thought were typical "cold or flu symptoms" at the start of the last school year. They bought some over-the-counter medication but Lee's symptoms didn't improve.

So the Bakers -- after many late nights -- took Lee to the hospital. A doctor told them Lee showed signs of being anemic.

"They said he had some kind of blood disorder," Baker said. "They gave him a blood transfusion and that's when he was diagnosed with leukemia. It's the monosomy 7 acute myeloid leukemia, which made him have to have a bone marrow transplant because chemotherapy wouldn't be enough to combat the leukemia. He needed the transplant in order to have a chance to survive."

Instead of playing basketball and football, Lee spent the following months hoping a bone marrow match would be found.

African-Americans have less than a 17 percent chance to find a match compared to 70 percent for Caucasians, according to the New York Stem Cell Foundation.

The Baker's held a bone marrow drive, which entails a simple swab inside the cheek, for Lee.

Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson went to visit Lee at his home.

"These kids are forced to grow up so fast when something like this happens. The leukemia Lee has is one of the most serious types of cancer that you can have," said Jamahl Miller, who is on the advisory board for blood source in Sacramento, Calif., and a friend of Baker. It was Miller who started the line of communcation that ultimately led to Hibbert.

Lee finally had the transplant in June. But what he thought would be a happy time turned out to be a major disappointment because the bone marrow didn't take.

Lee and the Bakers continued to fight.

They were prepared to try a second transplant when Lee developed an infection in his left lung. It eventually spread throughout both lungs.

"The doctors did a CT scan to see how his lung was doing, but it was getting worse because the infection was spreading more," Baker said. "The doctors finally decided they didn't want to put him through another round of chemo because it would pretty much suppress his immune system and they didn't feel like he would be able to handle it."

Lee moved from the UC Davis Medical Center to hospice care last week. Family members flew in from around the country last week for a cookout where lots of laughs and tears were shared.

"It's tough because you don't want to see any kid go through anything such as this," Baker said. "He's just 12 years old. He's a good kid who had a future ahead of him. It's tough on everybody. We were thrust into this back in February."

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."

xBulletproof
08-07-2012, 08:38 PM
I still don't think Hibbert the player is worth all that money, but if we were ever gonna overpay someone, at least it was someone who as a person seems to deserves every penny.

Sandman21
08-07-2012, 08:58 PM
I still don't think Hibbert the player is worth all that money, but if we were ever gonna overpay someone, at least it was someone who as a person seems to deserves every penny.

For the total package (on and OFF the court) the Pacers are getting, I don't think Roy is overpaid at all.

HIB HIB!

Mad-Mad-Mario
08-07-2012, 09:12 PM
I think Hibbert might not realize what era he plays in. He uses his money to go to events with Fans, help real Pacer fans go to games, and oh yeah fly across the country to visit a sick child.

How far we have come from the likes of Ron Artest, Tinsley, and Stephen Jackson

NapTonius Monk
08-07-2012, 09:13 PM
http://www.adpulp.com/archive/2008/12/21/manliness.jpg

ilive4sports
08-07-2012, 09:30 PM
I read this earlier, glad Roy will be going out to see this kid. I pray he makes it to the game in November too.

ErikD.
08-07-2012, 09:33 PM
Poor kid. I know it's not about them, but imagine what it was like for those family members at that cookout and probably saying goodbye to a 12-year-old. So sad. Very cool that Roy is going.

NapTonius Monk
08-07-2012, 09:36 PM
This: "Hibbert also plans to have his mouth swabbed to see if he's a bone marrow match."

Roy's value to this franchise is so much bigger than basketball. I remember attending the only PD get together I've been able to attend, and one of the things we discussed is what we thought Hibbert would peak at as a player. As a person, it seems we've hit the jackpot! Hibs seems to be a genuinely good dude, and there sure aren't enough of those in pro sports.

idioteque
08-07-2012, 09:37 PM
Wow, I am willing to admit I welled up reading that. Hoping for a miracle for that kid. Roy is a class act.

Steagles
08-07-2012, 09:40 PM
For every story like this, you see 3 or 4 guys in jail, and that makes this more special. Roy is a great guy and I wish more players were like him.


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joew8302
08-07-2012, 10:15 PM
Maybe I am completely out of touch with reality, but it seems like the media gave 100x as much coverage to Tinsley, Jackson and Artest as opposed to Hibbert.

I know smut sells (look at the Kardashians, etc). but it is still a damn shame IMO.

rock747
08-07-2012, 11:07 PM
Don't know if there has ever been a more genuine person as a Pacer....

Hibbert also plans to have his mouth swabbed to see if he's a bone marrow match.

Wow!!

ECKrueger
08-07-2012, 11:25 PM
Hibbert is an amazing guy, plain and simple.

jeffg-body
08-07-2012, 11:48 PM
It has been a real experience to see Roy the player and Roy the person blossom here in Indiana. Roy did something that few people, let alone a professional athlete of his caliber who would take the time to make this kid's wish come true. I think we are truly as a team and as the city blessed to have Roy around here and hopefully people will not take things for granted what a gem we have.

SycamoreKen
08-08-2012, 12:01 AM
Dang thugs!:mad:


I agree with all the accolades he has been given. To be honest, things like this probably happen a bit more than we hear about, but it is nice it is one of our guys getting the positive pub this time.

pizza guy
08-08-2012, 12:12 AM
:citizenkane:

Heisenberg
08-08-2012, 01:19 AM
What a damn superstar, both of them.

Roaming Gnome
08-08-2012, 06:36 AM
The Star thought this story was worthy of being on the FRONT PAGE of today's print edition... Above the fold!!
...My how the times have changed!

To me as a fan... these things make it damn easy to root for a guy like Roy. He's worth every damn penny.

Heisenberg
08-08-2012, 06:40 AM
The Star thought this story was worthy of being on the FRONT PAGE of today's print edition... Above the fold!!
...My how the times have changed!

To me as a fan... these things make it damn easy to root for a guy like Roy. He's worth every damn penny.

Good. Outstanding, seriously. I don't subscribe, I was worried this'd be buried on page 4 of section B. There's plenty of feel good stories to make up about the current state of franchise, this isn't one. This is a real one, one that should headline every hoops oriented blog on Earth.

McKeyFan
08-08-2012, 07:22 AM
For every story like this, you see 3 or 4 guys in jail,

I think the ratio is a lot higher than that. But point well taken.

McKeyFan
08-08-2012, 07:25 AM
Well, add at least a half million to Roy's salary to figure out his worth. Because that's what a PR specialist as brilliant as Roy would cost to pull off what he does.

Twitter addict? Area 55? Visiting terminally sick kids in the hospital? It's all brilliant. Best of all, it's authentic and not contrived.

graphic-er
08-08-2012, 08:44 AM
Great thing Roy is doing here and should be commended. But lets also acknowledge that the Pacer's Foundation regularly holds events, appearances, and visits for young terminally ill children all over central Indiana. And they do it with no media story or hoopla, and they rarely toot their own horn about it except for a small section in the game program to call for more volunteers.

The Big Smooth
08-08-2012, 08:49 AM
The Star thought this story was worthy of being on the FRONT PAGE of today's print edition... Above the fold!!
...My how the times have changed!

To me as a fan... these things make it damn easy to root for a guy like Roy. He's worth every damn penny.

It's amazing how things change once the Indy Star has an editor who doesn't have an agenda against the Pacers.

BillS
08-08-2012, 10:22 AM
I did find it interesting that some of the FBComments on the Star web site continue to talk about shootings and arrests as if those guys were still on the team and Roy is a nice exception. :rolleyes:

I think the clinging of that reputation tells us just how damaging all that really was to the image of the team, whether we want to see it or not.

I'm glad to see Roy doing these things for Roy's sake and the sake of kids like Lee Eddins. The PR boost for the Pacers is lagniappe.

Naptown_Seth
08-08-2012, 11:23 AM
I think Hibbert might not realize what era he plays in. He uses his money to go to events with Fans, help real Pacer fans go to games, and oh yeah fly across the country to visit a sick child.

How far we have come from the likes of Ron Artest, Tinsley, and Stephen Jackson
In fairness I think both Ron and Jack were pretty decent about supporting causes like this (recall Ron's charity trip to Africa). I don't know how many places they (or Tins for that matter) went to and how they interacted with fans typically, but I don't think their rep was gained by brushing off a sick child.

If Roy walked out of Cloud 9 tomorrow and got in a knife fight over a stripper, we'd forget about the sick child visit in a hurry. Roy benefits from avoiding the needless trouble, trouble that often wasn't really Ron or Jack's fault (I suspect Tins might have been a little more "proactive" in the mouthing off dept, but that's speculation). Being "right" in terms of a strip bar fight doesn't eliminate the "I was in a strip bar fight" aspect.

Roy avoids situations that offer strong potential for downside. In that way what happened with Ron, Jack, Tins, Quis, Harrison and Shawne were more disappointing than just "they are thugs". They weren't thugs or gangsters because a real gangster would be smarter about their situations.


Roy is dramatically stronger when it comes to image awareness. I don't mean artificial, I mean he treats his image and how he will be viewed with respect. He respects himself and he respects the expectations of others.

And my point is just that it's not as simple as "be a nice person" because that's a trap. You can't just "be nice", you've got to really understand what's at stake and respect both yourself and others. Plenty of nice guys get into bad situations because they forget that.



PS - Roy is a bad a** citizen all-around. Freaking love the guy.

Naptown_Seth
08-08-2012, 11:29 AM
Wow, I am willing to admit I welled up reading that. Hoping for a miracle for that kid. Roy is a class act.
Yeah, taking Roy out of the equation this is a horrible break. One thing Roy mentions about visiting kids is that it sounds like a great idea but it's pretty emotionally straining on the person visiting too. Any medical professional can tell you about the stress of dealing with that kind of stuff regularly.

So for all the "athletes should do this", I imagine doing it on a weekly or even monthly basis can get very depressing. Most of us reading about it do not experience that, nor would we want to make weekly trips over to the ER to sit with families in tears.

We see the smiles of the kids when a celebrity visits, but the person visiting is staring down the injustice, the loss of innocence, and the pain of not just the child but the family. It may be "the least they can do", but it's more than most people put themselves through. Going through it with family and friends is tough enough, let alone strangers.

Since86
08-08-2012, 11:38 AM
Roy avoids situations that offer strong potential for downside. In that way what happened with Ron, Jack, Tins, Quis, Harrison and Shawne were more disappointing than just "they are thugs". They weren't thugs or gangsters because a real gangster would be smarter about their situations.

Not that it matters any, but this got me to chuckle. "Real gangsters" aren't smart about what they do, they go to jail all the time. Doing hard time is a badge of honor.

But to get back on track, Roy is a true class act.

TMJ31
08-08-2012, 04:43 PM
God bless you Roy! I hope and pray that Lee is able to enjoy what may be the last phase of his life realizing how loved he is, and that he has had an impact even on HIS Idol!

Stories like this make me proud to root for the Pacers and Roy. But more than that, they make me proud just to be a human being, which is a rare feat in this day and age.

naptownmenace
08-08-2012, 05:26 PM
Great thing Roy is doing here and should be commended. But lets also acknowledge that the Pacer's Foundation regularly holds events, appearances, and visits for young terminally ill children all over central Indiana. And they do it with no media story or hoopla, and they rarely toot their own horn about it except for a small section in the game program to call for more volunteers.

I agree. NBA players, even before the days of the NBA Cares program, do a lot of community improvement and charity work throughout the year. It's just that stories like these don't move the national media needle as much as ones where a player is arrested for getting shot at outside a night club or getting arrested for a DUI.

Back on Topic...

Roy is awesome. It says a lot about Roy as a person and the Pacers are fortunate to have him as their new up-and-coming face of the franchise. This 12-year old is awesome too. I was personally moved by the story. I think it's incredible that this young man is a fan of Roy Hibbert and it's sad that he won't get to see him play an NBA game. My heart goes out to him and his family.

doctor-h
08-09-2012, 09:05 AM
Very nice Roy. This is what a role model should look like.

ECKrueger
08-09-2012, 12:45 PM
As bittersweet as this was, now it is just depressing:

Mike Wells ‏@MikeWellsNBA

What was supposed to be an incredible make a wish visit by Roy Hibbert won't happen. Lee Eddins, 12, has passed from leukemia. Horrible.

Trader Joe
08-09-2012, 12:50 PM
Just **** man, I mean ****. What a depressing moment reading that tweet from Wells was.

Since86
08-09-2012, 12:52 PM
Oh wow...

CreekShow
08-09-2012, 01:15 PM
So sad. Poor little guy couldnt hang on long enough to meet his hero. I bet Roy is tore up too

Heisenberg
08-09-2012, 01:58 PM
I get on here to let everyone know Roy'll be on CNN at 2:20 to talk about this and then I find out the kid passes. Heartbreaking.

Sandman21
08-09-2012, 02:08 PM
****.

Sorry admins, thats all I can say for this.

Poor kid.

Cactus Jax
08-09-2012, 02:13 PM
:( Wow, how sad. I wish the kid would've lived long enough to see his idol. Must make Hibbert sad as well, just a potentially good story turned really depressing, but there's not much anyone could've done.

Heisenberg
08-09-2012, 02:17 PM
Roy's still going to be on CNN, coming on as soon as the commercial break's over. This'll be weird.

ECKrueger
08-09-2012, 02:17 PM
Get the tissues ready, Roy is on in a minute...from the airport as he is about to fly out there.

Sandman21
08-09-2012, 02:18 PM
This absolutely sucks.

****.

graphic-er
08-09-2012, 02:22 PM
What a terrible outcome for the family. I imagine for weeks now the Eddins family had to endure seeing him in such pain. This was an opportunity for them to have one last great day with their son to forge a great memory. Heart breaking really.

ECKrueger
08-09-2012, 02:27 PM
That was definitely the saddest thing I've watched in a long time...especially with the slideshow of Lee. Actually seeing him just made it more sad.

Sandman21
08-09-2012, 02:28 PM
Definitely got the kicked in the gut feeling here.

Gamble1
08-09-2012, 03:31 PM
My thoughts and prayers are going out to the family.

I am going to share my own personal story about donating as a way to honor the little guy and hopefully bring awareness of the need.

Like most people I always thought of donating bone marrow but then I hear the statistics of 1 in a million find a match and I honestly didn't think it would do much good. Be that as it may I signed up on a whim during a blood drive and thought that I would never get a call only to be shocked that after only 3 months I got a call from the donation center to come in and for further tests. After 2 weeks of a combined 45 minutes of my time I found out that I was a pefect match for a middle age male with 3 kids and a wife.

Now like most people I don't like surgeries but I honestly wouldn't consider bone marrow donation much of a surgery at all. You go home the same day and it took 45 minutes to 1 hour of being knocked out to harvest the marrow. I woke up in the bed and felt fine and even after the pain medication wore off I didn't feel that bad at all. A little sorness in the lower back for week was all that I had and I have literally felt worse after a flag football game or a sking trip on the weak hills of southern Indiana.

The guy survived by the way and wrote me a letter thanking me for letting him teach his son how to drive a car. Its one of the easiest things to do and I would encourage anyone to get on the donor list if you aren't already and see if they can find a person in need like Lee. The sooner a person finds a match the better the outcomes normally are.

graphic-er
08-09-2012, 03:42 PM
My thoughts and prayers are going out to the family.

I am going to share my own personal story about donating as a way to honor the little guy and hopefully bring awareness of the need.

Like most people I always thought of donating bone marrow but then I hear the statistics of 1 in a million find a match and I honestly didn't think it would do much good. Be that as it may I signed up on a whim during a blood drive and thought that I would never get a call only to be shocked that after only 3 months I got a call from the donation center to come in and for further tests. After 2 weeks of a combined 45 minutes of my time I found out that I was a pefect match for a middle age male with 3 kids and a wife.

Now like most people I don't like surgeries but I honestly wouldn't consider bone marrow donation much of a surgery at all. You go home the same day and it took 45 minutes to 1 hour of being knocked out to harvest the marrow. I woke up in the bed and felt fine and even after the pain medication wore off I didn't feel that bad at all. A little sorness in the lower back for week was all that I had and I have literally felt worse after a flag football game or a sking trip on the weak hills of southern Indiana.

The guy survived by the way and wrote me a letter thanking me for letting him teach his son how to drive a car. Its one of the easiest things to do and I would encourage anyone to get on the donor list if you aren't already and see if they can find a person in need like Lee. The sooner a person finds a match the better the outcomes normally are.

Great story, did it cost you anything but your time? Did you have a hospital bill or anything? Was there some sort of guarantee that if they messed up and took too much marrow that you would be taken care of free of charge?

BillS
08-09-2012, 03:45 PM
Maybe this is a way A55 can give back in honor of Roy - organize someone to bring a bone marrow donor registry setup to a game or something. No cost to the person(s) setting it up except time to publicize it.

Trader Joe
08-09-2012, 03:50 PM
A55 should keep one seat empty for the rest of next season. Hang a personalized jersey over it that says Lee Eddins on the back. Make it happen A55/Pacers.

Sandman21
08-09-2012, 03:53 PM
Maybe this is a way A55 can give back in honor of Roy - organize someone to bring a bone marrow donor registry setup to a game or something. No cost to the person(s) setting it up except time to publicize it.

Theres already ideas being kicked around...

ChicagoJ
08-09-2012, 03:57 PM
What a sad turn of events.

With the exception of Reggie Miller, who visited a lot of burn victims at Riley after his house fire and it was never talked about much in the media because he wasn't doing it for attention, probably no basketball-related personality in Indiana has visited more people in hospitals than that Robert M. Knight guy. And again, he wasn't doing it for the attention, 'cause God knows he could use a little bit of good press every now and then.

I think this story with Roy is especially interesting because the kid wasn't a local kid and Roy was going to fly 2/3 of the way across the country to visit him. That takes effort!

But there are a lot of good stories like this and the best ones are when you know the player (or coach) is genuinely doing it - regularly - and not just seeking publicity -as was definitely the case with Reggie and the kids in the Riley burn center as I understand he would show up there very frequently, and sometimes would come downtown from Geist early on gameday to stop there before going to MSA.

Gamble1
08-09-2012, 03:59 PM
Great story, did it cost you anything but your time? Did you have a hospital bill or anything? Was there some sort of guarantee that if they messed up and took too much marrow that you would be taken care of free of charge?

It doesn't cost anything and they measure the marrow as it comes out so they know how much they are taking. It took me 45 minutes since I have a high stem cell count but for most people it takes around 90 minutes to harvest it. There really isn't much risk outside of getting knocked out and having your own blood transfused back into you after the surgery. The needle does mostly muscle damage to your lower back which didn't hurt much for me.

I honestly don't remember much about liability cost if something went wrong but this surgery is soooo simple and I was in my early twenties when I didn't worry about such things if you know what I mean.

Trader Joe
08-09-2012, 04:01 PM
There is a story from Reggie, I think before a playoff game, one of the kids who was a burn victim in Riley was terminal and everyone knew it was going to be that way. My remembrance of the story, though it has been years since I heard it exactly, is that Reggie sat by the kid's side til he passed away at the child and his family's request and then Reggie went to the game maybe an hour or so before tip shortly after the child had passed and proceeded to absolutely explode that game. Maybe someone else remember's that story as the exact details escape me, but it was an incredibly powerful story when I first heard it.

Looks like we have our first rallying cry of the season Pacer folks. For Lee!

Steagles
08-09-2012, 04:01 PM
This has to be hard for Roy, but this isn't about him. I heard he's still going, to meet his family. Is that true? And I completely agree about leaving a seat open with a jersey. That would be special.


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Sandman21
08-09-2012, 04:02 PM
I heard he's still going, to meet his family. Is that true?.
Yes.

ChicagoJ
08-09-2012, 04:40 PM
There is a story from Reggie, I think before a playoff game, one of the kids who was a burn victim in Riley was terminal and everyone knew it was going to be that way. My remembrance of the story, though it has been years since I heard it exactly, is that Reggie sat by the kid's side til he passed away at the child and his family's request and then Reggie went to the game maybe an hour or so before tip shortly after the child had passed and proceeded to absolutely explode that game. Maybe someone else remember's that story as the exact details escape me, but it was an incredibly powerful story when I first heard it.

Looks like we have our first rallying cry of the season Pacer folks. For Lee!

That story eventually made the press, circa 2000 or 1999. My wife was friends with another family that had a relative in there - he wasn't terminal but he had some bad burns and required surgery, and Reggie called and visited him regularly. That story never made the press. I have no idea, but I suspect this isn't a one-time thing with Roy. And that's when it becomes ultra-impressive.

Roy gets it. If I weren't so far away, I'd be happy to be the "old man" in A55.

HC
08-09-2012, 05:48 PM
Sad story just got worse. My condolences to the poor little guy's family.


http://www.indystar.com/article/20120809/SPORTS04/120809038/Leukemia-claims-life-Pacers-fan-day-before-Roy-Hibbert-can-visit?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|IndyStar.com






Written by

Mike Wells

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Pacers' Roy Hibbert plans a surprise visit for a special fan



What should have been a memorable ending for 12-year-old Lee Eddins unfortunately won't happen.

Eddins passed away Thursday from leukemia, a day before Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was scheduled to visit him.


Hibbert sadly won't be able to put a smile on Eddins' face, but he still plans to fly to Sacramento, Calif., later today as scheduled where he'll meet members of Eddins' family.


Eddins, a passionate sports fan, was diagnosed with stage four leukemia in February. He had a bone marrow transplant that didn't take in June. An infection in Eddins' lung kept him from having a second transplant.

ECKrueger
08-09-2012, 06:09 PM
Sad story just got worse. My condolences to the poor little guy's family.


http://www.indystar.com/article/20120809/SPORTS04/120809038/Leukemia-claims-life-Pacers-fan-day-before-Roy-Hibbert-can-visit?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|IndyStar.com

Not to be mean, but I don't know if I am missing something, or if you are.

idioteque
08-09-2012, 06:43 PM
If there is karma/afterlife, kid will have a front row view of the whole season next year.

Naptown_Seth
08-09-2012, 07:20 PM
I honestly don't remember much about liability cost if something went wrong but this surgery is soooo simple and I was in my early twenties when I didn't worry about such things if you know what I mean.
Wait, did you wake up in a tub of ice in South America? ;)




I agree that we definitely need a marrow donor drive for next season. What a kick to the nards for Roy, and for the family it's flat out off the radar.

Heisenberg
08-09-2012, 07:39 PM
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Steagles
08-09-2012, 08:05 PM
Wow, you can hear it in the big man's voice he is distraught, and holding back some serious tears.

TMJ31
08-09-2012, 09:07 PM
Oh wow.

We all knew the likely outcome, but for it to happen before getting his dying wish... That's harsh.

Well, at least Lee gets front row seats to watch Roy for the rest of his career now. Rest in peace, brave young man.

HC
08-09-2012, 10:00 PM
Not to be mean, but I don't know if I am missing something, or if you are.

I have no idea what you are talking about....to summarize the kid was already given a timetable on his life...his dying wish was to meet Roy Hibbert, and Hibb was happy to oblige. Sadly the poor guy didn't make it long enough to see his last wish fulfilled.

Shade
08-09-2012, 10:00 PM
I don't really know what to say that hasn't already been said. Sad, sad news. I saw Wells's tweet and it just put a damper on everything. Really glad to see that Roy is still going out there. There aren't enough people like him left these days.

RIP Lee

Bball
08-09-2012, 10:15 PM
I don't even know what to say.... How sad.

ECKrueger
08-09-2012, 10:44 PM
I have no idea what you are talking about....to summarize the kid was already given a timetable on his life...his dying wish was to meet Roy Hibbert, and Hibb was happy to oblige. Sadly the poor guy didn't make it long enough to see his last wish fulfilled.

Right, that's what we and Roy had been talking about.

I wasn't sure if there was info that hadn't been released in that or you just hadn't kept up.

HC
08-09-2012, 11:04 PM
Right, that's what we and Roy had been talking about.

I wasn't sure if there was info that hadn't been released in that or you just hadn't kept up.

No just thought that particular article offered a few more tidbits that the tweet.

Pacersalltheway10
08-10-2012, 12:24 AM
I wonder what that soccer mom who jumped on Roy because of the pink backpacks is thinking after reading this.

Day-V
08-10-2012, 12:41 AM
I wonder what that soccer mom who jumped on Roy because of the pink backpacks is thinking after reading this.

Old ***** is probably still in denial. "They're still thugs". Guarantee that's her prevailing wisdom.

Sandman21
08-10-2012, 06:38 AM
I wonder what that soccer mom who jumped on Roy because of the pink backpacks is thinking after reading this.

Think I found her: https://www.facebook.com/NCAAMarchMadness

Check the idiot posting the third reply on the Roy story there (and the genius's behind the fourth and fifth) if you feel like ripping on stupidity.

Sandman21
08-10-2012, 01:03 PM
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@Hoya2aPacer #Pacers Roy Hibbert is here w/ Lee Eddins' family sharing stories & celebrating memories. @MikeWellsNBA http://pic.twitter.com/kHztElLT
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Lord Helmet
08-12-2012, 04:29 PM
:(

Eddie Gill
08-13-2012, 01:58 AM
I always thought the process for donating bone marrow was more involved and risky, but you can bet I'll be getting on a donor list sometime soon.

Just a tragic story. I keep welling up reading stories and posts about this kid - both out of sadness for him and his family, but out of pride in Roy as well.

Sandman21
09-22-2012, 05:44 PM
Just an update: Roy helped host a bone marrow donor registration event today at Castleton Square. There was a pretty decent turnout for people to sign up and get on the donor registry.

pizza guy
09-22-2012, 11:00 PM
Just an update: Roy helped host a bone marrow donor registration event today at Castleton Square. There was a pretty decent turnout for people to sign up and get on the donor registry.

Just saw this on the news. Roy Hibbert is an amazing man.

MvPlumlee
09-22-2012, 11:29 PM
It's amazing how he can still find time to work on his handles.