Seven-year-old JP Gibson — former Utah Jazz player, media sensation, cool kid — is battling cancer once again.
If you’ve been following the Utah Jazz in recent years, you already know all about JP Gibson. For the uninitiated, Gibson stole our hearts back in 2014 when he joined Jazz players on the court for an intra-squad scrimmage (as well as the team’s rookie dance-off) at Vivint Arena during his battle with cancer.
As a toddler, Gibson was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Despite his fight with the disease, he was able to live out his dream, joining the Jazz on a one-day contract. Here’s Gibson, then age five, enjoying his time with the team —
JP (who shares a birthday with former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan) and his family were in Las Vegas earlier this month to watch the Jazz compete in NBA Summer League action. At the time, his parents told the Deseret News that they were celebrating two years of JP being cancer-free and off of chemotherapy.
However, the former Jazzman announced on Saturday (via a note on his father’s Twitter account), that his cancer has returned —
Following his announcement, people from around Jazz Nation responded with well-wishes for JP. Everyone from Rudy Gobert to former Jazz big man Trevor Booker have shown their support. Even the team’s new starting point guard, Ricky Rubio, is backing the seven-year-old.
Here are just a few of the messages JP has received via social media —
More from The J-Notes
- With the FIBA World Cup over for Simone Fontecchio, it’s clear he deserves minutes for the Utah Jazz
- Best, Worst and Most likely scenarios for the Utah Jazz this season
- Hoops Hype downplays the significance of the Utah Jazz’s valuable assets
- 3 Utah Jazz players who have the most to gain or lose this season
- Former Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gay is a free agent still and it shouldn’t surprise anyone
The most common type of cancer affecting children, ALL results in the bone marrow making too many immature lymphocytes, which is a type of white blood cell. These cells don’t work like normal lymphocytes and are less able to fight infection. The leukemia cells also leave less room in the blood for healthy white and red blood cells and platelets.
All of us here at The J-Notes join Jazz Nation in offering our support to JP and the Gibson Family. They’ve knocked this thing down once already; they can do it again.
Keep fighting the good fight, JP.