Jackie Custer is a 17-year-old girl who plays basketball and has a 4.0 GPA at Jackson High School in Ohio. Currently battling leukemia, the soon-to-be senior had one of her dreams come recently when the Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova escorted the high schooler fighting cancer to prom.
On March 28, Custer and other high school cancer patients and survivors were thrown a fabulous event at the Ritz-Carlton in Cleveland, sponsored by the charity A Prom To Remember. Custer chose "Delly" Dellavedova as her date, and naturally, the two athletes talked basketball.
"I told him [I was a] point guard and he was all excited because he's a point guard, too," she said. "That was kind of cool to talk basketball with him."
But their friendship extended beyond that night. Custer told Akron Beacon Journal that they keep in touch via direct message on Twitter. Custer, her dad and her 13-year-old brother were also treated to Cavaliers' games against the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, courtesy of Dellavedova. At one of the games, Custer brought him a prom picture and he returned the favor with one of his autographed Cavs jerseys, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Custer currently has to undergo another year of chemotherapy, as well as speech, occupational and physical therapy. She lists Delly as an inspiration:
He really inspired me to keep fighting the way he's been fighting through the playoffs and through the season.
Watch their encounter here: