If you were one of the millions watching the NBA All-Star Game this past weekend, then you definitely heard the name Jarrius “J.J.” Robertson mentioned a time or two. This young Saints super fan with a big personality took over the weekend with everything from scoring a basket late in the forth quarter of the game to hanging out with some of the most notable faces in the industry and beyond, to actually even offering career advice to some of the athletes.
But just who is Jarrius “JJ” Robertson?
Robertson, is a fourteen-year-old who is actually in the battle of his life with a chronic life-threatening liver disease known as biliary atresia, in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings. When he was just one-years-old, the young super fan had a liver transplant that, because of complications, left him in a coma for almost a year. Things weren’t looking good for young man, and according to his bio on his foundation website, “It takes lives to save lives,” a miracle happened.
“The respirator was taken away. But JJ was not ready to stop fighting. He started to breathe on his own. Doctors couldn’t really offer much of an explanation. JJ’s mom came up with her own: ‘It was a miracle-nothing but God.'”
Robertson, whose growth and development has been affected by his disease, continues to inspire everyone he meets with his personality and life-sized attitude. Therefore, it is no wonder why this honorary Saint was front and center during the festivities all weekend. To check out and see exactly what all Robertson did during the NBA All-Star Weekend, check out his Facebook page here. It is definitely a lot!
Robertson, is currently awaiting another liver transplant. If you wold like to help, visit his “It takes lives to save lives,” for more information.