Carmelo Anthony Gives Unforgettable Christmas To Teen With Cancer
NBA star Carmelo Anthony gave a young fan living with cancer a Christmas that he won’t forget anytime soon.
Before the New York Knicks forward took the court on Christmas Day against the Boston Celtics, Anthony met a 17-year-old name Jarell Lara, who is living with a chronic disease called Langerhans cell histiocytosis. The condition is a rare form of cancer that can damage tissue or cause lesions to form in one or more places in the body. The New York Daily News reported that Lara’s meeting with Anthony was set up through the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
After speaking with Lara and his family, Anthony shocked them all by presenting the teenager with the keys to a brand new car.
“This is bigger than sports,” said Anthony to ESPN.com. “Making a family happy, making a dream come true, giving them a day of happiness.”
Lara’s mother, Anne, was especially moved by the act of generosity. Due to his undergoing 18 months of chemotherapy, she was forced to take care of him full-time and quit her job as a medical assistant, while his father Fernando needed to take on construction work in order to help with soaring medical bills.
Click here to watch the video of Anthony’s visit with Lara. Supportive Care Matters would like to wish the Lara family full health and happiness this Christmas and for 2017.