Mama Kay’s real name is Kay Kellogg. You might remember her from this column. She is 62, dying of cancer and had just a single item on her bucket list. Her one dying wish was to meet her hero, Dwight [Howard], before she passed away.
Dwight found out about it and visited her home a few weeks ago. He was scheduled to stay for 30 minutes, but ended up staying a couple of hours because the two fast friends talked and laughed so much that they lost track of time. [...]
But before Dwight left her home that day a few weeks ago, she told him to say a prayer for her so that she could live long enough to see him play the first game in the new arena Sunday night. You see, she has been diagnosed with the advanced stages of Multiple Myeloma, an inoperable, incurable form of cancer that destroys the blood plasma in the bone marrow. She was given only a month or two to live.
Well, guess who was in the brand new Amway Center Sunday night, sitting there courtside courtesy of the Magic. wearing her favorite No. 12 Dwight Howard jersey and rooting her team on to a 54-point victory over the New Orleans Hornets? Mama Kay, that’s who. And you should have seen the look on Dwight’s face when he saw her.
“She told me, ‘I made it!’ ” Howard said with a joyful smile splashed across his face. “She was just so excited to be here and I was just so excited to see her.”
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