Nets Help Family Battling Childhood Cancer (UPDATE)


UPDATE: On April 29th, Brooklyn’s mom posted on Twitter that Brooklyn is cancer-free.

Original report below.

We do a lot of on-court analysis here at The Brooklyn Game, some positive, some not. When you look at basketball players through the prism of how they’re performing at their jobs, it’s easy to lose sight of the work they do off the court, and how their presence can make a huge impact on lives in the community.

In the “Wear Brooklyn At!” segment shown at halftime on YES Network, Ryan Ruocco talked about a couple named Ken & Michelle MacIver. Ken, from Brooklyn, moved to Detroit to be with Michelle, and the two had a daughter that they named Brooklyn. Brooklyn is celebrating her second birthday with her grandparents tonight, but it’s not all a happy affair: six months ago, Brooklyn was diagnosed with cancer, and she’s set to go through her eighth cycle of chemotherapy on December 30th.

The family came to Friday night’s game on Brooklyn’s second birthday. When the Nets caught wind of the story, they went out of their way to accomodate the family. General manager Billy King met with Ken and Michelle, giving them a Nets gift bag and his time before the game. In turn, the family gave Billy King & the Nets a plaque thanking the team for helping them with their battle with childhood cancer.

Kudos to the Nets & Billy King for making this family’s day, and our best wishes to Brooklyn & the MacIver family.