WATCH: Bam Adebayo Visits Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Receives Autographed Basketball from Cancer Patients

On August 9, 2022, former Wildcat and current forward/center visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for a special reunion with a cancer warrior. Michael, age 21 from Miami, has a very rare and aggressive form of leukemia that affects his liver and spleen and has been in treatment for a couple of years at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Several months ago, Michael received a special FaceTime from Bam that started their friendship. This time, they met in person when the superstar paid a surprise visit to Michael and other children receiving care at Nicklaus Children’s.

Separately, head coach, Erik Spoelstra, and his wife Nikki Sapp Spoelstra, also turned to Nicklaus Children’s when their 4-year-old son Santiago was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. Last month, the Spoelstra’s announced that Santiago was in remission, now cancer free.

During his visit, Bam also delivered food to the nursing staff in the Emergency Department with Pedro Pollo from Pollo Tropical, and spent some time with patients in the hematology / oncology unit. Bam took photos, handed out coloring / activity books with his friend and Miami artist Vic Garcia, and enjoyed a meet and greet with more patients and their families.

Before leaving, Michael surprised Bam with an autographed basketball signed by many of the other cancer warriors he met during his day at the hospital.