Perhaps more than any of time each year, this is when we seek out and devour feel-good stories. Houston Rockets' forward Chandler Parsons shaving his head to show support for a 10-year with terminal cancer is one of those stories.
Last week, Parsons met Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire, who has Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that attacks the autonomic nervous system. The third-year player, who left the University of Florida the season before Wizards guard Bradley Beal arrived, bonded with and drew inspiration from Patrick. Parsons shaved his head Monday night following the Rockets game versus Dallas.
“His dad was telling me how he isn’t even scared of death,” Parsons told the Houston Chronicle. “He is more worried about not looking like his twin brother anymore, so me being his favorite player, I decided to shave my head to look more like him and hopefully give him some support and encouragement from me.”
Parsons, who did not tell his new friend of his haircut plans, tweeted a picture of his new look. Patrick and everyone else will see it Wednesday when the Rockets play at the San Antonio Spurs on Christmas night at 8 p.m. The Wizards host Houston on January 11.
“He is an unbelievable kid and the stuff he is going through really makes you realize how fortunate you are,” Parsons said. “I was going through back spasms and had a hangnail on my toe and I went to see this 10-year-old fighting for his life so it really puts things in perspective.”
It sure does.