Herald-Sun editorial: Week's end

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 03:08 PM

A number of organizations provide ways to help people who need it during the holiday season. Welcome Baby is one of those. Welcome Baby is a Durham County organization that offers support and information to parents. Its Coat and Diaper Drive extends through Jan. 18.

Donations of diapers, as well as coats from newborn to size 8, are needed for the Welcome Baby Giving Closet. The items will be distributed to Durham County families who can benefit from them. The Giving Closet serves about 800 families every year, providing items for babies at no cost to the families. More information can be found at 919-560-7150, and donation locations include the Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham County main Library, and Durham County Department of Public Health.

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Rashawn King is a freshman guard for North Carolina Central University’s men’s basketball team, but he is a lot more than that.

King, who earns this week’s Herald-Sun Grit Award, lives with leukemia. He is a survivor, a walk-on who contributes to the Eagles basketball team despite undergoing required chemotherapy treatments that are expected to end in September. He is even considering trying to walk on to the NCCU football team next year.

King is a graduate of Middle Creek High School in Apex. A business major, King adds depth at the wing position for the Eagles, and serves to inspire through his words and actions.

“He’s a very strong individual, as far as what he’s been through. So I just look at that as motivation to me to exploit the opportunity that I have at hand and just go hard every day like it’s my last,” NCCU guard Jeremy Ingram said.

Coach LeVelle Moton said, “Rashawn King has reminded me of what’s really important in life, because we get caught up in this rat race of society called winning and losing.”

Moton arranged for King to meet LeBron James and Mike Krzyzewski at a preseason NBA game, and James gave King a pair of his game-worn shoes. King had turned down a Make-A-Wish opportunity to see James while in high school, instead opting to provide lunch for all of his classmates in a truly selfless gesture.

Whatever King accomplishes on and off the court in the future, he has already overcome a great deal to get to where he is now.