Brody Stephens (2008 - 2017)
By: Legacy Staff
1 year ago
Brody Stephens, the Indiana boy who befriended his favorite basketball player, Stephen Curry, while the lad was undergoing treatment for cancer, has died, according to multiple news sources. Brody was 8.
The Indianapolis Star reported that Brody died Saturday, April 29, of a viral complication. He had been treated for two forms of leukemia from an early age.
Brody, a fan of the NBA Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry, became an internet sensation anew when he received a surprise hospital visit from his sports hero, who gave the boy Warriors shirts as well as basketball shoes. Brody also got to see a Warriors game and serve as ball boy for the evening.
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano gave Brody an autographed football, and the boy appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter."
Curry also wore a bracelet with the words "Brody Strong." The hashtag #BrodyStrong exploded on social media.
Many people grew inspired by Brody's generosity. The boy, who loved playing with Legos, once set up a lemonade stand inside the hospital. He made $250 -- and used the money to buy Legos for other children who were being treated at the hospital.
Current and former sports figures shared their condolences on social media.
Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, tweeted, "We love you Brody."
Pat McAfee, the former NFL punter who played for the Indianapolis Colts, tweeted, "I was lucky to meet 1 of the most inspirational humans to ever walk this earth.. RIP Brody, your story will be told forever #BrodyStrong"
Brody, who was born Dec. 19, 2008, is survived by his parents, Celia and Jason Stephens; three brothers, Elijah, Ian, and Aidan Stephens; and his maternal grandparents, Mike and Lynn Wheeler.
His paternal grandparents, George and Phyllis Stephens, preceded him in death.
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