Chris Paul pays tribute to 13 year old fan, whose mother recently died of brain cancer
On Wednesday night, Chris Paul took over the 3rd quarter against the Pistons and put on a show for his fans and one special fan in particular.
13 year old Jack Gallagher and his family were Paul’s special guest at last night’s game after Paul heard the story of Gallagher and his mother who recently passed away from brain cancer.
Chris Paul heard about Jack and Lisa Elaine Gallagher earlier in the month when a tribute video was posted to Twitter. In the video Jack told the story of how his mother bought him the CP3 shoes and how when she passed he left one of them by her grave. He then asked if his hero, CP3, would wear his mom’s initials (L.E.G.) on his shoes during a game.
After Paul saw the video, he arranged to have Jack and his family meet him at the Pistons game last night. Before the game, Paul spent some time with the family and gave them 3 pairs of his news shoes and other CP3 gear.
“It was unreal,” Jack said of his meeting of Paul. “I still cannot believe it actually happened. This means so much to me and I can’t describe how much Chris means to me for doing this.”
Paul then took the court with the initials L.E.G on his shoes.
“This is the least I could do,” Paul said. “That story touched my heart and if there was any way I could make Jack smile and his family make a wish come true, it was a no brainer. I play a game and am blessed to do so, I have dealt with loss before and wanted Jack to know how much this touched my heart.”
“Today was a gift from god,” Michael Gallagher, father of Jack said. “To have this dream actually happen by the gracious efforts of Chris Paul and the Clippers is more than we could have ever asked for. This is a memory for a lifetime for my son.”
CHRIS PAUL HONORS HIS GRANDFATHER (2002)
Back in 2002, many people were touched by a Chris Paul story. When Paul’s grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, was tragically killed at the age of 61, Paul scored 61 points in a game to honor him. He had the opportunity to score more but intentionally missed his last free throw so he would finish the game with exactly 61 points.
“And I laid it up and I got fouled and it went in,” he said about the shot that gave him 61 points. “And I lay there for a second and was just overwhelmed because I knew that at this moment in time, this is something I’d never forget. Ever. It just felt like I could have died and went to heaven right there.”
“I walked to the free throw line, he gave me the ball and I shot an air ball right out of bounds. And my coach took me out. I just looked at my dad and started crying.”