Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Battles Cancer

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest basketball players of all time who led the the UCLA Bruins to three NCAA championships in the 1960s, then went on to win one NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971 and five more with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 1989, is battling chronic myeloid leukemia – a form of blood cancer.

But he is not taking this negatively but on the contrary taking this opportunity to help educate others about this condition and hopefully save lives in the process.

“I’ve never been a person to share my private life. But I can help save lives,” Kareem said at a midtown Manhattan conference room. “It’s incumbent on someone like me to talk about this.”

It certainly is noble and touching when someone who is sick to take his time to help others. Life is short but Kareem certainly made the most of it and is ending it in a good way.