A cancer survivor with an inspiring story and an even more inspiring sign was all the motivation one NBA team needed to win a playoff game.
Haley Bellows was a college sophomore when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma two years ago this month.
On Sunday night, the Portland Trail Blazers fan showed up cancer-free at Portland’s Moda Center to watch her hometown team take on the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs.
Before the game, Bellows tweeted an Instagram photo of herself with a sign, stating it was her goal to make it on the arena’s Jumbotron during the game.
Bellows, who could not be reached today by ABCNews.com, not only made it on the Jumbotron, she seemingly gave the Trail Blazers the push they needed to come back from a 10-point deficit at halftime to defeat the Rockets.
After the game, Bellows’ favorite player, Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard, whose jersey she wore to the game, retweeted Bellows’ tweet.
— Haley Bellows (@haleybellows) April 28, 2014
Bellows noted in her tweet that her sign had been picked the “sign of the night,” but, even more inspiring was the hashtag that followed her tweet: #11dayscancerfree.
Later that same day, Lillard sent out a second tweet to his 374,000 followers.
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 28, 2014
Lillard’s tweet was retweeted more than 500 times, including by Bellows, who posted Lillard’s tweet on Instagram, along with a message to the basketball player.
“And this right here is why @damianlillard is my favorite player. What a game and what a night. I am truly grateful. #11daysCancerFree #RipCity #GoBlazers,” Bellows wrote alongside the photo of Lillard’s tweet.