McKenna Shummer, an 11-year-old girl to whom Michigan State basketball star Miles Bridges dedicated the Spartans’ season, died Tuesday after a two-year battle with bone cancer.
Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal had the story first.
Bridges posted a picture of himself and coach Tom Izzo with Shummer and her family on his Instagram on Tuesday night.
The post reads: “R.I.P. McKenna. You’ve inspired me since I’ve met you, and I promised you that we would dedicate this season to you!! You will never be forgotten.”
According to Lacy, Bridges and Izzo went to a party for Shummer in July that drew more than 1,000 people. The party, which took place on the Shummer family’s street in Grand Blanc, Mich., featured $1,500 in fireworks and made McKenna “feel like a superstar,” a family friend told Lacy.
That family friend, Kelly Glynn, also told Lacy that Izzo spoke with McKenna’s mother, Melissa, on Wednesday morning.
According to Lacy, the girl suffered from osteosarcoma and was taken to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit about four weeks ago with pneumonia and flu-like symptoms. She died in the hospital on Tuesday and, according to Glynn, was a hardcore fan of the Spartans up until her death.
The report stated the hospital plans to create a room in McKenna’s honor and call it McKenna’s Beauty Bar. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family and the hospital project.
The Spartans, surely in the NCAA Tournament, await the announcement of the full bracket on Sunday night.