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LeBron James Sends Care Package to Children's Mercy Patient

Coop with LeBron James letter

Snail mail: It's not how most teens like to communicate. But, when the sender is the star player of the Cleveland Cavaliers, they listen.

Richard Cooper has been an on-again, off-again patient at Children's Mercy for the last few months.

"It's not fun being in pain in the hospital when I'd like to be at home and hanging with friends, but instead I have to be in here all cooped up," said Richard, 15, who goes by "Coop."

But on this day he doesn't mind it as much. After all, it's where LeBron James tracked him down to send a care package, complete with words of encouragement.

"I don't know how to explain it," said Coop. "It's really nice of him to take time and write a letter that sounds like he put a lot of thought into it and give it to me."

41 Action News initially profiled Coop during the Big 12 Championship when he was in the hospital. LeBron James caught wind of it and wanted to let Coop know that while fans usually cheer for him, the basketball star was returning the favor by cheering for Coop.

See the full story via KSHB 41.

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