When the school year started Ebony Nettles Bey was expected to be a basketball star at Verona High School, just outside of Madison, WI. She was already all-conference as a sophomore, and had a scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
But Nettles-Bey experienced a shortness of breath just before the season started. Then she found a lump under her breast.
Eventually, she was diagnosed with stage four Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and often potentially deadly cancer.
Even though doctors urged her to sit, she played. And through surgeries and treatment that included chemotherapy and radiation, Nettles-Bey earned a starting spot on her varsity team.
Through her ordeal she expressed a desire to meet her hero, LeBron James.
That prompted a campaign on Twitter, with the hashtag “LeBronMeetEbony. And last night, when the Miami Heat played at Milwaukee, that dream was fulfilled.
Nettles-Bey not only met James.
She led the Heat out on the court:
And she took a couple of shots with James during warmups:
What a great gesture by James, and the Heat.