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LeBron James Welcomes Teen With Cancer to Miami Heat's Warmups

Ebony Nettles-Bey, a 16-year-old basketball player for Verona High School (Verona, Wis.), is currently battling for her life. She has Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma—a form of soft-tissue cancer—according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

That didn't stop her on Saturday from leading the Miami Heat out of the tunnel before a game against the Milwaukee Bucks and warming up with the team.

Ebony's mother, Katrina, applied with the Make-A-Wish foundation for Ebony to meet Heat superstar LeBron James, per the State Journal. Her teammates started a #LeBronMeetEbony Twitter campaign after finding out about her diagnosis, according to ESPN.com columnist Rick Reilly.

"Oh my God," she told Reilly, when asked what she'd do if she met LeBron. "I'd probably start crying. That would just about be everything I ever wanted. I mean, there's your life right there. That's what you live for."

The Bucks reached out to Ebony and her family in mid-February to invite them to the March 29 home contest against Miami, per the State Journal. Once LeBron and the Heat caught wind of it, they made sure to give Ebony a night she'd never forget.

Here she is with the team in its pregame huddle:

Ebony also got up some shots with her idol before the start of the game:

After the game, LeBron posted a photo of he and Ebony on his Instagram account, along with the following message:

Tonight I had the privilege of meeting and making someone dream come dream. Basketball has put me in position that I will never take for granted. Being a hero to this girl Ebony is the reason that I keep going every single day! She was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer out of nowhere towards the end of last year and force her to be home schooled and away from her friends. But didn't stop her from doing what she loves more than anything and that's playing basketball at Verona High outside of Milwaukee. Ebony your strength, courage and energy is out of this world and u will win and defeat this. I just know it! Love you forever and I got your back and front! #EbonyMetLeBron #CancerWho #EbonyEqualsStrong #StriveForGreatness

#EbonyMetLeBron indeed.

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