Indiana didn’t make it to the NBA playoffs, but that isn’t stopping Pacers guard Paul George from making an All-Star caliber play this week.
Back in February, George — who missed nearly the entire 2014-2015 season recovering from a broken leg — and other Pacers players visited the University of Indiana’s Riley Hospital for Children, where he bonded with 11-year-old Daisy Esterline. Daisy has cerebral palsy, and the 200-pound motorized wheelchair she uses to get around proved too much for her family to handle.
After the motorized lift on the Esterline’s van broke down last year, the family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for repairs. After fourteen months, the campaign had only raised $10,000 of the $12,000 needed for the downpayment, and with no where else to turn, the Esterlines reached out to George.
“@YG_Trece your girl needs your help,” the family tweeted, and George answered their call. On Sunday evening, “PG-13” donated $10,000 to Daisy’s page with the comment, “Keep fighting daisy I am with you!”
According to Jeremy LaFara — Daisy’s Pacers season-ticket-holding uncle — the family was, “just shocked… [Daisy’s mom] was calling me and texting me Sunday evening. They couldn’t believe it.”
Well done, Paul.
[h/t Indy Star]