December 30, 2020
Ray Allen's birthday tribute to his son, Walker, was a heartfelt post where the former NBA star poured out his heart in honor of the youngster who fought diabetes as a toddler.
Ray Allen's son, Walker, is getting all the attention from his dad as he becomes a year older. Almost fourteen years ago, the youngster faced a life-threatening illness but was able to pull through.
For his fourteenth birthday, his star dad made a tribute surrounded by how he battled diabetes when he was 17 months old. Allen shared several photos chronicling how much his son has grown over the years.
The first image was a revealing one featuring the little version of Walker in his hospital bed staring forlornly at the camera. The next snapshot was heartwarming, showing the healthy growing boy rocking his blonde curls while posing with his dad.
More of the snapshots showed sunny and radiant images of the birthday boy looking happy and enjoying fun activities with his siblings. The excited father wrote in his caption:
"This is my son Walker! @swalkerwil and I were blessed with him on this day 14 years ago. 17 months in on his young life he was diagnosed with diabetes…"
In 2009, Allen was alerted that his son was hospitalized, making him leave an upcoming game's practice while he still played for the Celtics.
The star made a quick trip to see his son before returning to claim victory in his team's game against Toronto. Allen was said to have left the game with 2:08 minutes remaining.
Allen, who played 18 seasons in the NBA, advocated for research funding for type-1 diabetes on a multi-year basis instead of the one-year grant. The star noted that the financing of researches would help boost innovations regarding health technology.
Between his debut game with the Celtics and visiting his son, the star dad made trips to achieve this feat.
Through years of battling his ailment, Walker and his dad built a sweet father-son relationship. The pair was once in the news when the now-retired Allen made his exit from Miami to join the Boston Celtics.
Reports showed that the then two-year-old Walker was in tears, and it was hard for his star dad to let go. Between his debut game with the Celtics and visiting his son, the star dad made trips to achieve this feat.
His then-new team made things easy for him as the coach. Doc Rivers shared that they supported how Allen was there for his kid and upholding the family first policy.