Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers was on his way to meet a dying twelve-year-old boy and grant his final wish but did not make it in time. Lee Eddins wanted to meet his NBA hero but passed away an hour before Hibbert's arrival.
Roy thanks for your heart and goodness. Our prayers are with you and the family.
As the mom of 6 boys and a leukemia patient myself, my heart goes out to the family and to Roy. Bone marrow transplants save lives. Let's all remember Lee by registering as potential donors. 17% just doesn't do it!
I'm an atheist and I don't watch sports, but what you did was a good thing. You're a good man.
I lost my dad to cancer as well, and we were lucky enough to grant his last wish of meeting a WWF wrestler. This is so touching that he took the time to give this child a wish. I will be swabbed on Monday in his Lee Eddins memory. God Bless you all.
I lost my 28-year-old brother last year to acute leukemia. It is a devastating disease. I pray that this child's family can find strength and peace in this difficult time. It is so important to spread the word that donating "bone marrow" is just like giving blood, now. Doctors give donors a shot that makes their stem cells circulate in the blood. Their blood is then taken and the stem cells are sorted out and given to the cancer patient. It is a simple process, but can be the only hope for a person with cancer. Please join the registry. http://www.bethematch.com
Rest in peace, Lee.
Aj- you are athiest, and want religion kept out? Then, why do you bring it up? What does athiesm or religion have to do with doing good deeds?
Rest in peace Lee, Roy thanks for donating, what a wonderful thing your doing.
Aj – be grateful for a good deed by someone – bringing up religion here has no bearing on the issue.
Rest in peace Lee, my thoughts for the family and friends. I have no idea what I would do if I lost my 12 year old son; I imagine the strength to hold on is unbearable. What Mr. Hibbert was attempting to accomplish is what athletes should do, they have a profound influence on children, something many aspire to become but most will never know. My hat off to you sir, I only wish others could step up and do the right thing as well; you set a wonderful example of what compassion is all about, regardless of religious affiliations.
Lee Eddins was an angel even before he was called to Heaven. A wonderful young man who cared about others; – his 2nd/other last wish was a gift (coordinated by Make-A-Wish) to Feed the Hungry in his community and this also came to pass the day "after." But I have to say that Roy Hibbert, with this story, has become a living shining example of what a true hero is and continuing the story of Lee on Earth. God Bless You, Roy. I know you're very humble, and maybe didn't want the attention, but it's a story that can save others. BE THE MATCH!
My heart goes out to the child and his family. Plus what a great thing to do.
In answer to why the poster would bring up religion being an atheist, I would imagine it's because atheists and agnostics can be moral and kind people just as religous/spiritual people can.
Finally someone famous who thinks of someone other then them self.My heart goes out to the family Hope their son is at peace.
my heart and prayers go out to this family! I have to agree with the two post above what does being an athiest have to do with sports!!!!!!!!! anyhow i just had to ask too
Your a good man, Roy Hibbert.
Strength & Honor
Feel bad for the boy, feel just as bad for Roy. Nothing hurts you more then knowing the fact you didn't make it in time.
I lost my mom to leukemia, many years ago. To hear of a 12 year old child dying from this wretched disease is always heartbreaking. What lifts up your spirit reading this story is 1) how Lee thought of others, in those horrible last days.. and 2) the wonderful heart of this athlete, at a time when so many others are only concerned with themselves and what they can get! Lee, rest in peace.. and Mr. Hibbert, may G-d smile on you & your family for the rest of your lives.
Condolences to the family. Wonderful thing for Mr. Hibbert to do. I guess they will have to meet at another time and place
Peace young man and thank you Roy for doing this...
A bittersweet story. My thoughts are with this amazing family today. I appreciate Roy Hibbert, now I am also one of his fans. I am going to look up that website and see if I can be a match. Thank you for caring.
I'm sure it still warmed the boy's heart to know Roy cared enough to commit to coming.
Poor thing :'o( My heart goes out to his family.
Wow. I have to admit that I cried during this video. Naturally, I cried for Lee, but I was as profoundly affected by the classiness and selflessness of Roy Hibbert. What a wonderful guy. I feel very badly for Roy, since he said in the video he was not able to see two relatives who previously died from cancer. It is kind of cruel and unfair that he didn't get to see this young boy before he passed. He will be a man of his word and adopt this cause. Way to go, Roy...you just reaffirmed my faith in humanity and the human condition!
Sad that a 12 year old has to die because the pharmaceutical companies want to maximize profits. Real sad. This world is doomed.
Fine the guy for lack of Hustle.
I just saw this video and I cried all the way through. The timing is heartbreaking but I am so glad that Roy is going to be there for Lee's family. God works so many different ways and may He bless this family with strength and peace as they try to move forward.
God Bless you Roy. I know the family appreciates you.
Way to go, Roy!
God bless the family.
Thoughts and prayers for Lee and his family. We, here in the Indiana and in the Midwest, are lucky to see what Roy does on and off the court. Thankfully, everyone else in the country can see who Roy Hibbert is. Thank you CNN for writing about this story.
Such a sad, sad story. My prayers go out to this young man family.
Nice comment! Just had to ruin what was a nice tribute to this young man and Roy Hibbert. What did the pharmaceutical companies due ot kill this young guy or are you just ranting because you are so angry about something HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ARTICLE.
unless you know someone or love someone going through this, sometimes you tend to forget that there are things you can do to help. like other posters, i will be swabbed in lee eddins' memory and maybe, just maybe, one less story like this will need to be told.
Deepest sympathies to the family. Thank you, Roy for trying to be there for Lee.
My deepest sympathies to the family....just cried all the way through this video! Such a bitter sweet story! God Bless you Roy Hibbert!
We can all do kind and generous acts like Roy Hibbert. So go to it – make a stranger's day through an act of kindness. And even though the press probably won't write a story about it – THANK YOU!
Roy, kudos for doing what you did. You're obviously no Dwight Howard - and that's a good thing by the way - and here's wishing that you have a great season!
some of these comments are looney tunes....acting like all the other athletes are bad people. Athletes do stuff for people all the time you just dont hear about it. What Hibbert did was nice but he isnt the only athlete does nice things.
Hibbert is a good man. This is a really sad story
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