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Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson gives prized Kobe Bryant photo to fan with rare type of cancer

  • Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, 32, gave a special autographed photo of the late Kobe Bryant to Joseph Tagaban, a 15-year-old fan diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
  • Tagaban, who lives in Petersburg, Alaska, was filmed meeting his idol through Make-A-Wish earlier this month.
  • During ESPN’s latest “My Wish” episode, which was released on Wednesday, the two can be seen spending a day together shooting hoops, driving around in Thompson’s convertible and getting ice cream.
  • “I just know he’s going through a hard time and I know he’ll cherish that photo,” Thompson said after gifting his prized possession to Tagaban. “Just such a special photo of mine and I decided to hook him up. He’s a great young man, he deserves it.”
  • Tagaban’s life was turned upside down in December 2020 after doctors performed a biopsy on a lesion in his mouth and eventually diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer rarely seen in adolescents.
  • After Tagaban returned home in November 2021 following a chemotherapy breakthrough, he started playing basketball again in January.

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson gave his prized possession, a photo autographed by the late Kobe Bryant, to a young fan diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.

Joseph Tagaban, a 15-year-old from Petersburg, Alaska, was filmed meeting his idol through Make-A-Wish earlier this month. During ESPN’s latest “My Wish” episode, which was released on Wednesday, the two can be seen spending a day together shooting hoops, driving around in Thompson’s convertible and getting ice cream.