Posted December 24, 2013

Rockets forward Chandler Parsons shaves head for 10-year-old cancer patient

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Rockets forward Chandler Parsons is averaging 17.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his third season in the league. (Rocky Widner/Getty Image)

Rockets forward Chandler Parsons is averaging 17.3 points in his third season in the NBA. (Rocky Widner/Getty Image)

Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons shaved his head for a 10-year-old cancer patient on Monday night following the team’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks, according to Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle.

Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire, who is undergoing treatments at Texas-Children’s hospital for Stage 4 cancer, met Parsons last week, and the 25-year-old swingman was so inspired by the visit that he decided to shave his head in support:

“His dad was telling me how he isn’t even scared of death. He is more worried about not looking like his twin brother anymore, so me being his favorite player, I decided to shave my head to look more like him and hopefully give him some support and encouragement from me…I was going through back spasms and had a hangnail on my toe and I went to see this 10-year-old fighting for his life so it really puts things in perspective.”

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Parsons said he didn’t tell him that he was going to shave his head, but told the parents to make sure their son watches the Rockets take on the San Antonio Spurs on national television on Christmas:

“It will be a nice Christmas surprise for him. He has a lot of support out there, from me and from the Rockets.”


12 comments
KLee451
KLee451

Makes it kinda hard to keep hating the Rockets. Mr. Parsons, you are the man.

ki.nazir72
ki.nazir72

This is what life is all about, sharing, sharing your lives experience and making a positive contribution to the greater good. I thank the writers for sharing their stories, inspired by the article. Which is awesome and will not be diminished by the negative comments. It takes all types and the negative comments don't change in any way the acts of humane souls. As a matter of fact the contrary, for it points to the work we still must do to make this life better than when we came into it. It's easy to point holes in something that already has holes, but can you stand up and attempt to plug those holes regardless of how futile it may seem. The key is falling in love with doing the work, the effort and commitment it takes to want play a role in trying to the best of ones ability to make life a little bit better for someone other than self. 

Mavsfan#1
Mavsfan#1

My daughter died of leukemia at age 9. She had lost all her hair, too. She would have appreciated this gesture. I'm sure this little boy will be thrilled

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Wow. He shaved his head. Dozens of NBA players shave their heads. And in the end, how does it help that kid? Jeez, maybe instead of buying another Rolls-Royce, this multi-millionaire player could have helped with the medical expenses ... set up a scholarship fund ... helped the kid's parents with all the after-care. Maybe he could have helped with something that, you know, matters.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Must be in honor of Charlie Villanueva.  

dudedadesq
dudedadesq

@Mavsfan#1 So sorry, Mavsfan....I donated bone marrow to an unrelated leukemia patient in 1991...he passed away in May 2013....for those reading this....it only takes one to make a difference. If you aren't on a bone marrow registry, what are you waiting for?

riley8
riley8

@John NoLastName He may have done EVERYTHING you mentioned.  If he had come out and said he did you would be criticizing him for having the media pick it up.  So which is it?  I, for one, just became a fan of Chandler and hope he has a long and successful career.  He already did more by lifting the spirits of one child than millions of us do ever.  

smacneil
smacneil

@John NoLastNameMaybe he did all those things. You don't have any idea. But what he decided to do publicly is to shave his head and maybe, hopefully, boost the sprits of the four-year old fighting cancer. Tell the sick kid that doesn't matter.

MattGallagher
MattGallagher

@John NoLastName Please know what you're talking about before trying to degrade a player for an act of kindness. Chandler Parsons is not a "multi-millionaire player", he was drafted in the second round and has only played two full seasons in the NBA. After taxes he has barely made 1 million dollars in his young NBA career. He is also one of the best sportsman in the NBA. He started making a name for himself last year with his excellent play and go figure, his immaculate hair. The article clearly said that Chandler met the kid last week, how would it be possible in his busy schedule making those so-called millions of dollars for him to set up a scholarship fund and pay off the kids after-care? Instead of being a self-righteous hypocritical prick that's trying to make a good guy look bad, why don't you get off your butt, go visit a hospital, and do something nice for a person that would appreciate it.