LeBron reaches out to young fan with terminal disease

LeBron reaches out to young fan with terminal disease
LeBron James sends fan a package. (Source: AP Ben Margot)
LeBron James sends fan a package. (Source: AP Ben Margot)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A 19-year-old Indianapolis boy says one of the things on his bucket list is to meet his idol, LeBron James.

Emanuel Duncan wrote the Cleveland Cavaliers star a letter.

"My bucket list is to meet LeBron," he tells me. "That's the one thing I want to do. Meet LeBron James. That's my role model. He inspires me to do everything. To be a good person, to put other people first, to live your life and do what makes you happy. If I meet LeBron James, that would make my day. I wouldn't ask for anything."

Duncan suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The terminal disease has him confined to a wheelchair and he isn't expected to live very long.

Duncan's story was featured by an Indianapolis Star columnist and the rest is history.

LeBron read the letter and  wrote him back.

The letter reads:

Hey Emanuel,

I've heard some pretty amazing things about you, and from what I've heard, I can tell you are an unbelievable coach. I know you said that I'm your role model and that I inspire you, but I know that you give so many people inspiration, including me. You are living out what it means to be a role model, to be a good person, to put others first and live life to the fullest, doing what makes you happy. It is awesome that you are inspiring so many young kids and teaching them about the importance of living life to the fullest. You live this out each and every day. This is a reminder to me to continue doing that whether I'm on or off the court.

I wanted to send you a few things I thought you'd like to let you know I'm thinking about you. I know you are a fighter and you are very strong. And I hope you know that you are not going through this alone… I know you have a whole team of people from everywhere supporting you. Not sure if you know this, but I wear these things called I PROMISE bands every time I step onto the court. They make me think of the PROMISES I have made to myself and others. Here's one for you and me to share as we work with kids… I PROMISE TO NEVER GIVE UP.

Together we will change the world.

LeBron James

LeBron also sent Emanuel some shoes, promise bands, a signed jersey and a pair of beatsbydre headphones.

Now that's one classy move LeBron!

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