Ever since Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova escorted Jackie Custer to a prom earlier this year, they’ve remained friends — and the Canton, Ohio, teen says the hoops star has become an “inspiration” in her battle with leukemia.
The two frequently communicate on Twitter, exactly where they tweet or direct message each and every other, Custer, 17, told ABC News currently. She added that Dellavedova has provided her tickets and VIP passes to games to meet him and has even given her a signed jersey.
“He’s a major inspiration for me in the way that he’s stepping up and fighting even tougher in spite of the truth that a lot of former players have left,” Custer mentioned. “He inspires me to retain fighting and by no means give up in my personal battle.”
Custer, who’s also a point guard for her high school’s basketball group, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year right after she came residence with a swollen arm right after practice one particular day, she stated.
She met Dellavedova final March at “A Prom to Remember” at Akron Children’s Hospital, exactly where a couple of Cleveland Cavalier and Browns players volunteered to escort individuals from their limos to the prom.
“There was a lady there who mentioned I could pick any of the players to escort me to prom, so I chose him,” she stated. “It was the greatest evening of my life. It was so wonderful.”
The escorts also integrated Cavs power forward Anderson Varejao and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline, but Custer chose Dellavedova, according to a news release from the hospital.
“I told him I was a basketball player, and when he discovered out I was also a point guard, he was excited that we played the very same position,” Custer stated. “He also asked me how far I believed the Cavs would go, and I stated all the way.”
Soon after the magical night was over, Custer tweeted at the Cavs star to let him know she had an additional copy of their prom picture, she mentioned, adding that she wanted to get it to him at an upcoming game against the Chicago Bulls she planned to attend.
@jackie_custer16 great to meet you Jackie! Glad you had exciting ??
“He messaged me on Twitter and told me he could get my family members and I passes to go down and see him at the finish of the game,” Custer mentioned. “When I saw him, I gave him the photo and we took lots of images, talked about the game. And he even had a tiny present for me. It was a signed jersey.”
@jackie_custer16 thank you for the photo and the wrist bands! Glad you had a good time at the game!!
As he prepares for Game six of the NBA Finals tonight, in which the Cavaliers face feasible elimination, Dellavedova did not quickly respond to ABC News’ request for comment. But he has discovered time for Custer.
Just final night, Dellavedova messaged Custer once again, providing her and her father tickets to see him play in tonight’s significant game against the Golden State Warriors, she said.
“I just want to inform him, ‘Good luck, and play challenging,’ due to the fact tonight could be his final game of the season,” Custer mentioned. “I’d also want to inform him to give it 100 percent, but I know he generally does.”
thank you so significantly @matthewdelly I am really pretty blessed. you are genuinely wonderful ???? pic.twitter.com/zyk4BRJaq6