UPDATE: Chris Paul agrees to meet with Leah Clayton. Watch her reaction
Students at Southern Adventist University have been asking us to spread the word about this. So we're joining them to #HelpLeeMeetCP3.
Laurence Clayton, a student at Southern Adventist University, had a very difficult decision to make.
His mom had terminal cancer and he didn't know how long she would live.
But Laurence was only one semester away from graduating. If he stayed at school, there would be a chance that his mom would get to see him become a college graduate. However, there was also a chance she could die without her son at her side.
Laurence chose to leave school and spend the remaining time together with his mother. She died Friday, Jan. 25.
Laurence's little sister, Leah Clayton, was their mom's primary caretaker. Their mom died just days before Leah's 17th birthday. According Laurence, the Forest Lake Academy student has been "drained of joy."
So Laurence is trying to bring a little joy back into his 16-year-old sister's heart.
Leah Clayton's favorite basketball player is Chris Paul, of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers will be playing the Orlando Magic on Feb. 6, just 2 days before Leah's birthday. Leah will be at that game.
Laurence wants to give Leah the chance to meet Chris Paul. He says "it would be her dream, an ultimate birthday gift to just get a hello at the game."
SAU students are tweeting up a storm. They're tweeting and Facebook-ing celebrities and news organizations, asking them to retweet and spread the word. They're hoping to get Chris Paul's attention and get him to meet Leah.
The story of Laurence's unselfish acts have inspired us at A Sabbath Blog and we want to help. It'll only work with lots of help. So we're turning to you.
Tweet Chris Paul (@CP3) and help make a young girl's dream come true.
UPDATE (2/2/13)Chris Paul has agreed to meet Leah Clayton:
Don't want twitter fame or nothing. Just returning 1of the most beautiful smiles to 1 of the most beautiful girls I know#helpleemeetCP3— Laurence Clayton (@LoRants24) February 1, 2013
@cp3 You are the best thing that could ever happen in a time like this. You don't understand how much this means to her..to us!!! Thank you!— Laurence Clayton (@LoRants24) February 3, 2013
@lorants24 I'd love for you and Leah to be guests of mine Wed in Orlando! I'm terribly sorry to hear about your loss and keeping u in prayer— Chris Paul (@CP3) February 3, 2013
@cp3 Is that a question!? I'd be honored to meet the guy who returns the smile to my sisters face!— Laurence Clayton (@LoRants24) February 3, 2013