Before a home game in December, Dwight Howard spent on-court time with a 7-year-old fan battling pediatric brain cancer. The highlight of their quality time was when Howard lifted boy up for a dunk on the NBA hoop.
On Monday, James Fisher died from complications stemming from his cancer. News of his passing prompted the Rockets big man to post a touching tribute to Instagram.
Rest in peace lil James Fisher. He passed away a couple hours ago. He was the little kid I picked up to dunk a couple of months ago during pregame warmups. He also gave me the rubber band that says James strong. He was such an inspiration to me and my teammates. I have worn the band everyday since he gave it to me and I will continue to wear this band. You are in a better place. No more pain. No more hospital visits. Just peace love and happiness. And you can dunk as many times as u want. See u in heaven James.
"You are in a better place," Howard wrote. "No more pain. No more hospital visits. Just peace love and happiness. And you can dunk as many times as u want. See u in heaven James."
Howard said he will also continue wearing a wristband reading "JAMES STRONG" -- a gift from the young boy, which he said he has worn since that first meeting.
The Facebook page dedicated to the boy's cancer battle featured a photo from his meeting with Howard. Fisher was a big Rockets fan.
In a post announcing funeral plans, his family is encouraging attendees to dress casual, wearing either a Houston Texans jersey or a Houston Rockets T-shirt -- teams the little boy loved.