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Multiple Myeloma Patient Meets NBA Star

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Multiple Myeloma Patient Meets NBA Star

Here is a story about a multiple myeloma patient in Florida that hit the mainstream media yesterday:

Howard grants wish to dying woman

Published September 09, 2010 – FoxSports

Kay Kellogg had one wish before cancer claims her life — to meet Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

He granted it in a big way.

According to the Orlando Sentinel , Howard recently spent several hours visiting with Kellogg, 62, a a Magic fan with Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma. The cancer is inoperable and incurable, but Howard lifted her spirits and she ended up lifting his.

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

Kellogg’s daughter, Arian Clute, contacted the Magic several weeks ago about her mother’s wish to have a conversation with Howard, the two-time NBA defensive player of the year. He was scheduled to visit for 30 minutes but stayed several hours, according to the Sentinel.

When he asked why he was the only item on her bucket list, she told him, “Because some people get a choir that sings them into heaven and some people get a chariot that rolls them into heaven. Not me. I want to be slam-dunked smack, dab into the middle of heaven by Dwight Howard.”

When he left, the 6-11 Howard bent down and hugged the 4-11 Kellogg. Then , according to the Sentinel, he told her, “You are taller than me.”

“That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard,” she said.

“No,” Howard said, “you are taller than me because your spirit lifts you up.”

Unusual to see multiple myeloma portrayed this way. As we all know, there may not be a cure for Stage 3 myeloma, but there are lots of treatment options. Maybe she has exhausted her options. Maybe she just wanted an excuse to meet Dwight Howard!

I’m glad she’s happy! Nice of Mr. Howard to visit and indirectly help raise multiple myeloma awareness. Beats hearing about the other “hot” 24/7 Florida story about the want-to-be preacher in Gainsville burning Koran’s.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat