David Lee was upset early Monday about a hamstring strain that is expected to sideline him for the Warriors’ season opener when he came across a tweet about Ryan.
Ryan Manansala of San Jose is battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, and according to the helpsaveryan.com website run by friends and family, the cancer left the 29-year-old with a 0.6 percent chance to live after he struggled to find a bone marrow donor.
What has since been called Manansala’s “last wish” was to have the Warriors come visit, as he wrote the request in a brief moment while out of sedation at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
Friends took action, tweeting at the Warriors using #saveryan and explaining the request on a number of websites. Lee saw a tweet from the Warriors World website and reached out to Manansala’s father, Richard.
The Warriors – Lee, guard Nemanja Nedovic and joined by director of corporate communications Lisa Goodwin – went after practice and granted the wish. They brought with them an autographed team photo, a Warriors shirt, an Andrew Bogut bobblehead and smiles.
Unable to speak while on a ventilator, Manansala wrote messages on a white board. In one of his notes to Lee, he wrote of how the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul fouled the Warriors’ Stephen Curry in the playoffs, referring to a play in which Golden State didn’t get the call.
“You think this is a true fan right here?” Lee said after reading the message, smiling.
“Ryan asked me about 12 questions about the Warriors,” Lee said Tuesday. “He was very, very informed about what was going on. He’s on his stuff, and he’s a true fan, and it just puts things in perspective for all of us. I’m worried about a day-to-day hamstring, and you got a kid that’s fighting for his life each and every day.
“I got as much out of it as he did, so I’m happy I went.”
Wrote the Asian American Donor Program on its Facebook page: “The past few weeks have been difficult for Ryan, his family and his Team. If only they could find a way to help keep Ryan’s spirits up…then yesterday happened… Ryan is die-hard Warriors fan, since the season starts today his last wish was to meet the Golden State Warriors.”