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Michael Porter Jr. wore a cancer patient's name on his back. Then he went to meet her

Michael Porter Jr. visited with Lizzy Wampler, a Columbia girl battilng bone cancer.
Michael Porter Jr. visited with Lizzy Wampler, a Columbia girl battilng bone cancer. Facebook

If there was one benefit to Missouri's early exit from the Southeastern Conference tournament, it was that star freshman forward Michael Porter Jr. was able to spend time on Saturday with a Columbia girl who is in a serious battle with cancer.

Porter wore Lizzy Wampler’s name on a T-shirt for Mizzou’s annual Rally for Rhyan game benefiting pediatric cancer research, and former Missouri assistant basketball coach Brad Loos — whose daughter Rhyan is the inspiration for the annual charity game — mentioned Wampler during a halftime speech.

Wampler's family recently learned she might only have about 14 days left to live, according to a post from a Facebook page updating people on the girl's progress.

In an Instagram post, Porter wrote that Wampler is "one of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life. She only has hours left in this world, but she’s excited because she knows she gets to spend eternity in heaven with God. She reminded me that this life is just a brief moment in eternity, and nothing is more important than preparing ourselves for God while we’re here. Thank you Lizzy, and I can’t wait to see you again one day!"

<blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BgKZ2CLj2j0/" data-instgrm-version="8" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BgKZ2CLj2j0/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">This is Lizzy Wampler. Today I got to spend some time with her, and this little girl is one of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life. She only has hours left in this world, but she’s excited because she knows she gets to spend eternity in heaven with God. She reminded me that this life is just a brief moment in eternity, and nothing is more important than preparing ourselves for God while we’re here. Thank you Lizzy, and I can’t wait to see you again one day! ❤️</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/mpj/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Michael Porter Jr.</a> (@mpj) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2018-03-11T00:19:06+00:00">Mar 10, 2018 at 4:19pm PST</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script>

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