|NCCU guard Rayshawn King, shown here at Middle Creek HS has been battling Lukemia for years. (News and Observer photo.)|
North Carolina Central freshman guard Rashawn King is a young man who, at the ripe age of 20, has faced challenges men two or three times his age would whittle under.
While running football drills at Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC, King began to feel dizzy and light-headed. A trip to the doctor revealed the 17 year-old two-sport athlete had leukemia. Not only that, he was lucky to still be alive.
“They told me I would’ve died the next day,” King said. “I basically had one day to live. It was June 14, 2010.”
After undergoing extensive treatment for the deadly illness, King began his remarkable recovery. He was granted a wish by the “Make A Wish” Foundation earlier this year. His wish was to meet NBA superstar LeBron James, at least initially. After further thought, King decided to do something for those at Middle Creek who had supported him in his time of need. He had the foundation buy sandwiches for over 2,000 faculty and students at Middle Creek.
“I decided I wanted to give back to those people,” he said. “I decided to do something different.”
Call it Karma, but a King did eventually get his wish to meet James a few months ago. He received more good news last month when he was finally cleared to play for NCCU
So far King has played in one game, for one minute and recorded one block. Still it’s one more game, minute and one play than anyone could’ve ever imagined him competing on a college basketball court three years ago.