My friends and family will both probably tell you I’m a fairly cynical person. But some things are too awesome to be cynical about. One example: Kevin Love’s relationship with St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Prepare yourself for the most adorable NBA-related picture you will see this year.
Before Tuesday’s game against Memphis, Love met with St. Jude’s patients in an effort raise awareness for the cause.
I know it’s difficult, but tear your eyes away from the picture above and read the next few paragraphs. The picture will still be there when you are done. I promise.
From St. Jude:
Love’s relationship with St. Jude began when he met a St. Jude patient from Minnesota, Dylan Witschen. During Dylan’s treatment for a cancerous tumor, he had the opportunity to watch a Timberwolves practice and then meet Love. The two had a chance to chat and do a photo shoot for Rookie Relief, a St. Jude initiative. Later on in the year, Love invited Dylan to a Timberwolves game and a behind-the-scenes look at the Timberwolves locker room. Unfortunately, Witschen passed away from the disease on June 8, 2010, but Love continues his support of St. Jude through the Hoops for St. Jude program.
Fans can learn more about Hoops for St. Jude and participate in an online auction featuring autograph items from Love along with more current and former NBA stars by going to www.stjude.org/hoops. All the money raised from the auction will go to support St. Jude. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other deadly diseases through research and treatment. Funds raised through the Hoops for St. Jude program help St. Jude continue to provide the best care to the world’s sickest children at no cost to their family. It costs $1.7 million a day to operate St. Jude and more than 75 percent of those funds come from the public through programs like Hoops.
Well jeez, Kevin. I’m a blogger, I’m supposed to come up with snarky, sarcastic things to say. But when you keep doing awesome things, you make my job harder. Putting up 51 points in a game AND supporting Hoops for St. Jude? Seriously? You can’t throw a brother a bone?
No? Fine. Just keep playing like an MVP on and off the court. So selfish.
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