Since I started playing basketball, I have always thought about how to leverage professional sports to help others and how to have an impact on the greater community. I had always tossed around the idea of starting a foundation until the decision to act became clear. My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2012. The following four years were some of my hardest. In one of my last conversations with my mom, I promised her that I would do everything in my power to help others.
Vulnerable children and youth is one of my focuses since I feel strongly about helping them grow and integrate into society in a healthy manner. The other objective of my foundation is the ﬁght against lung cancer in terms of both awareness and prevention.
What makes this foundation different is that you can help and participate however you feel comfortable. This can take the shape of new ideas if you have them, cakes if you are baker, smiles if you are happy, or donations if you can afford to – all is welcome. I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that you join us on this journey, where together, we work to put a smile on kid.