Yesterday was an emotional day for John Wall. Last year, through social media, Wall came across Miyah, a 6-year old girl fighting leukemia. Miyah was strong. She fought through chemotherapy, dialysis, spinal taps and extended stays at Childrens National Medical Center. Her life was not typical of a 6-year old girl's but her dream was. Miyah wanted to meet Nicki Minaj and John Wall wanted to help.
Wall brought Miyah and her family to the Verizon Center to watch a game but the two new friends also had business to take care of. Wall and Miyah had to get Nicki Minaj's attention. The two made a video together asking Nicki for one of her trademark pink wigs.
The video went viral and within a day Miyah got a response from her pink-haired hero on twitter:
"Hi Miyah!!!!" Minaj wrote. "Let's see what we can come up with for a pretty little princess. ;)"
Just a few weeks later, Miyah's wish came true. She finally got to meet with Nicki, and her Pink Wig.
After Wall helped Miyah's dream come true, the two stayed in touch. Miyah was supposed to come back to the Verizon Center last Wednesday for the Lakers game but her health worsened, Wall said. Then, on Monday morning Maiya lost her battle with cancer.
"I think at 11:00AM or 12:00PM... I get a text message...that said my little buddy has passed," Wall said. "I didn't respond. I just went back to sleep and didn't really want to think about it". Despite Wall's efforts to put Miyah's passing aside it was obvious that he was playing with a heavy heart on Monday night.
"It was a tough day for him" coach Randy Wittman said. "He had a relationship with the young lady that passed away. I thought he handled it well, but he was hurting at the end".
Before tip-off there was a moment of silence for Maiya and from there Wall played one of the best games of his career. Wall had 26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and a career high 17 assists in the Wizards 133-132 double overtime victory over the Celtics. After the game Wall's emotions finally surfaced during his post game interview while dedicating the game to Miyah.
"This was an emotional game for me," Wall said. "This is for Miyah, one of my close friends who I lost that I met last year and it's just tough man. To see a little kid who fights their heart for cancer and can't beat it...this game is for her".