This past Sunday, on Christmas Day, New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony made Christmas one to remember for a 17-year-old boy with cancer and his family.
Before the Knicks Christmas day game with the Boston Celtics, The Carmelo Anthony Foundation in conjunction with the Garden of Dreams Foundation surprised Jarell Lara and his family with a 2017 Kia Sorento.
Jarell and Carmelo met through the Make-A-Wish Foundation when Jarell attended a Knicks practice. Jarell was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis 18 months ago and he is now in remission. Jarrell’s parents (Anne and Fernando) gave up their jobs and moved to another area in NYC for his needs.
“It hasn’t sunk in, It’s a blessing from God. There are so many people a player like Carmelo Anthony can help and he chose to help me. It’s the greatest Christmas you could ask for.’ – Jarell via MSGNetworks.com
Now Jarell and his family are able to ride comfortably in their new Kia Sorento thanks to Carmelo Anthony. His mother Anne knew all about the surprise but she didn’t give it away, she simply told him he was attending a Knicks game.
“I don’t think you can put that in words. That is a family that I have gotten a chance to know. Just to see the expression on their faces, the son, one of the kids wanted to cry but held it in. That is what it is all about.” – Carmelo Anthony