Before stepping on the court to take on the Boston Celtics, Carmelo Anthony helped a teenage fan with cancer step into his brand new car in the basement of Madison Square Garden.
According to ESPN, Melo gave 17-year-old fan Jarell Lara a silver Kia before the Celtics-Knicks game’s tipoff today. In the clip below, you can see Anthony, Jarell, and his mother Anne give each other an emotional group hug.
Lara suffers from a rare form of cancer called Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis. The car donation came as part of the partnership between the Knicks’ Garden of Dreams Foundation and his own Carmelo Anthony Foundation.
“This is bigger than sports, bigger than basketball,” Anthony said. “(It’s) making a dream come true. They had no idea it was coming.”
Emotional moment when Melo gives car – w/ Garden of Dreams Foundation-Kia + his foundation – 2 Jarell Lara, 17, who has rare form of cancer pic.twitter.com/Zr5zXkScmN
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) December 25, 2016