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Sep 08

Dwight Howard is a Man of the People

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Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Via Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel:

Her bucket list included just one item.

Kay Kellogg didn’t want to climb the Eiffel Tower. Or run a marathon. Or jump out of an airplane. She just wanted to have a nice conversation with her hero.

Dwight Howard is just such a precious, wonderful kid,” she says. “Whenever I watch him play, he just makes me feel good inside.”

And for a woman who feels so bad inside most of the time, this is quite an accomplishment for Dwight.

You think leading the league in rebounding and blocked shots is difficult? Try leading the cancer ward in smiles elicited and hearts warmed.

Kay, 62, is sitting at her apartment Tuesday telling her story. […]

She has Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, an aggressive cancer that searches out and destroys the blood plasma in the bone marrow. Her disease is inoperable and incurable, but her demeanor is inspiriting and uplifting.

She lives on a fixed income, but two seasons ago she decided to treat herself to Magic season tickets in the upper level. Watching Dwight play is one of the joys of her life. She showed up at nearly every game that season wearing her blue No. 12 Dwight jersey.

A few weeks ago, her daughter, Arian Clute, had an idea. She contacted the [Orlando] Magic and told them that her mother had but one wish before she died: She wanted to meet Dwight.

And, so, a few days ago, Dwight showed up at her door step. He was supposed to spend 30 minutes and ended up staying nearly two hours.

Take five minutes out of your day, and read this article.

This is about as good as it gets. Dwight Howard really is Superman.

4 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@magicfan inTN

Indeed, he does.

@mentalmagic

No problem.

@Robert

Agreed.

Robert
Robert

What incredible pictures! Worth 1000's of words.

mentalmagic
mentalmagic

Thanks, this made my day. Genuine sincerity is hard to come by these days.

magicfan inTN
magicfan inTN

I'm struck (& impressed) with how comfortable this "superstar" looks in the photo accompanying the article. He's just hanging out in somebody's living room, chatting away. No pretense. He seems refreshingly down-to-earth and not selfishly caught up in the drama of his stardom. He genuinely likes people.