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Wife of Lakers Broadcaster John Ireland Pays It Forward

The tweet, sent out late this afternoon via @LAIreland, transcends the realm of professional sports:

And on this Good Friday, the news waiting at the above shortened link is indeed very Good for all those who, like us, didn’t in fact already know. Leasa Ireland, wife of ESPN AM 710 host and Lakers radio play-by-play man John, is cancer-free after an arduous, year-plus-long battle. She writes:

I was overwhelmed and blessed with amazing support from family and friends near and far. I am also extremely fortunate to have a good healthcare plan (well, pretty good), and to live in a city where great doctors and quality care are readily available.

This September, I am walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara as a survivor. I walk for those who are not as fortunate, for those who can’t afford proper medical care, for those who are seeking a cure for this disease… I’m honored to help others get the same chance at survival that I had.

Leasa is aiming for a pledged total of $4,000. At press time, she was already halfway to that goal and no doubt will soon reach, exceed it. The minimum required donation amount is just $5.

Happy holidays indeed this weekend at the Ireland household and for all those who believe in the power of paying it forward.

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