LeBron James’ Heartfelt Letter to Sick Teen Is the Real Reason He’s a Star
LeBron James has won fans in Cleveland and Miami. Now, he can add one from Indianapolis.
James wrote a touching letter to 19-year-old Emanuel Duncan, who is suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a muscle disorder that is considered fatal.
Emanuel desperately wants to meet James, who got wind of the teen's condition. So, what does the King do? He wrote a letter that may cause a tear or two to trickle down your cheek:
It's a little hard to read in the tweet, so here is the text:
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.
James also sent along a care package:
There's no word on if the pair will eventually meet. Obviously, James is in demand, so why did he go out of his way to contact Emanuel? "It hit home," he said. "It was a situation I found out about. Obviously, I know there's a lot of kids and there's a lot people around the world who are in similar situations or situations of their own that's kind of tough or they’re trying to find a way out, whatever the case may be. I just thought this one was unique."