Publication: Detroit Free Press
Date: January 12, 2020
Title: How Andre Drummond and Pistons did a great thing on magical night By Jeff Seidel
Detroit Pistons player Andre Drummond holds hand with Ava Jabczenski on stage during the Runway of Hopes and Dreams at the Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
Andre Drummond, the Detroit Pistons center, was talking to Ava Jabczenski, 10, from Allen Park, who has a rare brain cancer. Drummond was trying to choreograph their walk down the runway.
“Do you have a favorite move?” Drummond asked. Drummond was smiling and acting silly, mimicking a fashion model walking down a runway, swaying his hips and Ava smiled.
“Let’s do something fun!” Drummond said.
Reggie Jackson, the Pistons guard, was talking to Darin Clayborn, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. They were practicing a handshake that they planned to do at the end of the runway. Jackson quickly turned it into a competition. He was going to come up with the most entertaining moment on the runway, and he started talking trash. “You all are gonna be second place!”
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Ava Jabczenski received a grant from the Msgr. Russ Kohler Children's Cancer Endowment Fund.
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