On Wednesday, Dwight Howard and his D12 Foundation honored legendary sideline reporter Craig Sager by hosting a blood drive with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Sager has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for two years.
“I met Craig when I first got into the league and I was, like, ‘Man, this guy is just wearing these crazy suits, and he just has this great attitude all the time,'” said Howard, whose foundation aims to facilitate positive change in the lives of American youth and girls in East Africa. “And he’s just become somebody that’s a very good friend. And just to see him go through it knowing what people in my family have been through, for him to be so energetic throughout the whole process, it just shows that he’s a fighter.”
The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center serves as the main supplier of blood components for more than 170 hospitals in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. The center’s involvement on Wednesday included the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, which allowed people to become potential donors for Be the Match, the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. Those who participated received a commemorative T-shirt featuring artwork of Howard and Sager with the hashtag #SagerStrong.
Check out the video below of Howard’s experience at the blood drive.