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Woman shares story about Kobe Bryant secretly visiting terminally ill fan and offering to pay for treatment


Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna, were among nine people who died last week when Kobe's personal helicopter crashed on its way to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice. Tributes have been flooding in from around the world following the accident, and many of them include stories about how Kobe Bryant had impacted fans.

Kristen O'Connor Hecht recently took to Facebook to share one such touching story. When Kristen worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, a cardiologist asked if she could acquire a signed Lakers basketball for a young terminally ill fan named after Kobe. Her husband, former Phoenix Suns director of corporate partnerships, Tom Hecht, set about trying to arrange the gift.