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News » DeRozan anxious to give ailing mom more than love and support can buy

DeRozan anxious to give ailing mom more than love and support can buy

DeRozan anxious to give ailing mom more than love and support can buy
It kills a kid to see a parent wracked with pain, to see suffering and know there's nothing he or she can do.

Trying to alleviate that is what's driven DeMar DeRozan for years, made him spend those countless hours in the gym honing his skills to get him where he is today.

And now the newest Raptor , flush with a multi-million dollar contract and the hopes of untold more riches to come, can do something tangible to help, far more than sitting by and offering only love and support.

DeRozan's mom, Diane, suffers from lupus, a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake, causing damage to joints, skin, blood vessels and organs. She has her good days and bad, and now her son can help limit that suffering.

"It's just, find the best solution to understanding what lupus is, what can I do to take care of her ... so it won't bother my mother that much," DeRozan said yesterday, a day after the Raptors made him the ninth overall selection in the NBA draft. "It's putting her in the best comfortable situation home-wise and getting her the best medical care I can."

All through his teenage years, the 19-year-old DeRozan has seen his mother bothered by her affliction. He and his father tried to help as best they could but there was nothing like the $2 million annual salary at hand to help create a better situation.

Now, there is. And getting that deal is part of the reason the 6-foot-7 swingman decided to leave USC after one year for the NBA.

"Just seeing my mom like that, seeing her not want to do stuff because she was in pain, it's tough, definitely tough, and that's something that definitely pushed me," he said.

DeRozan's parents were with him in New York for Thursday's draft, offering the support they've always given.

"I love to see the enjoyment my family got from seeing me do this," he said. "That's one of the major parts that made me enjoy that moment (Thursday) night even more, they were there to see all my hard work pay off and I did it for them."

The Raptors hope the hard work pays off not only for his family but for them, too. DeRozan's biggest strength right now is his athleticism, a trait sorely lacking on Toronto's roster last year and adding him eases one part of the job that president and general manager Bryan Colangelo has to finish this summer.

"(With) the plans we've been talking about ... it's one more piece of the puzzle," said Colangelo.

After his school season ended, DeRozan went to Oakland from his Los Angeles home to concentrate on developing his skills.

But home and his parents were never far from his thoughts.

"They're the only two people who were there before Basketball, making sure I had what I needed for school, cook for me, stuff like that."

And now he can repay that debt.

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