Former Charlottean Stephen Curry gave a dozing hospital patient the surprise of his life Sunday when the NBA superstar showed up beside the 7-year-old fan’s hospital bed with well wishes and souvenirs.
Leukemia patient Brody Stephens was about to nod off in his bed at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health on Sunday when his dad told him he had a visitor, the hospital reported.
Brody turned to see 28-year-old Curry of the Golden State Warriors peeking into his room. “What’s going on my man? How you doing?” Curry asked from the door.
In the hour that followed, Curry presented Brody with a jersey, T-shirts and a basketball. He also introduced him to a buddy, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who came along for the visit.
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In return, Brody showed the two men every last one of his “massive” sports card collection, reports the hospital. When Curry spotted the cards of himself in the collection, he took out a pen and signed them, hospital officials said.
Curry and Kerr were in town for the Warriors’ Monday game against the Indiana Pacers.
The boy’s father, Jason Stephens, tweeted out photos and video of the visit, including the pair holding up autographed jerseys. Each of the tweets has received a million-plus “likes” on Twitter.
Brody, who is from New Palestine, Ind., was a “basketball star” himself before falling ill, having started playing on travel teams when he was in kindergarten, the hospital reported.
After some discussion, Curry and Brody agreed the boy would be rooting for the Warriors Monday night.
It was clear the boy was impressed with the surprise visit from a hero, the hospital says.
“It was amazing,” Brody said in the hospital blog.