I was saddened to learn the passing of Phil Henderson.
During the summer of 1989 I was hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center for an infection related to my blood disorder, Chronic Granulomatous Disease. It was one of a string of many hospitalizations over my childhood years at Duke. But this one was made very special when I was invited to answer the telephones during Duke Children’s Miracle Network Telethon. Duke men’s basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, and two of his star players, Phil Henderson and Robert Brickey were there also helping to answer the phones. Coach K seated me between the two players.
Phil helped me relax because at the young age of 16 I was a little nervous sitting between two star basketball players and being on television at the same time. He was quick to relate with a story of being nervous the first time he played in front of a camera. Then Robert and he proceeded to joke and clown around on each other during breaks. It was a great time and provided a lasting memory.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Henderson family and his extended Duke family.