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Win Darko Milicic’s championship ring in a raffle

Apr 6, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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First things first: Yes, Darko Milicic has a championship ring.

Mock him if you want, but he was a rookie on a veteran Pistons team in the 2004 season and he wasn’t playing much (just 34 games). He played a total of 14 minutes in the playoffs and was a human victory cigar.

He still was part of the team, he gets a ring.

And it can be yours.

Following in the footsteps of Ron Artest, Darko is raffling off his ring for charity (via Ball Don’t Lie). The online charity raffle will benefit the Zorana and Darko Milicic Fund for Children with Life Threatening Diseases.

But not only does the winner get the ring, he or she gets tickets to a 2011 NBA finals game, airfare to and two nights hotel in whatever city the game is in, $500 spending cash, an autographed Darko jersey — and they are covering the taxes on the prize.

Darko’s fund helps Serbian hospitals conducting medical research on Batten’s disease, a terminal condition that affects young children. It’s about as worthy a cause as you’re going to find. Raffle tickets are just $2 each (but you have to buy at least five).

That’s a lot of potential prizes for a $10 investment (and you know the money is going to something worthy). If you have the money to spend, consider this.

  1. drakost - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that sports today is full of self centered individuals. From lockouts, to to scandals to steroids, it seems that they don’t even realize they are still playing a kids game. Something that a vast majority of us as children dreamed of becoming. I realize they train and study more than most can even compehend but the fact remains, they are playing a dream.
    Then you read something like this. A selfless gesture that simply put, words can’t due justice. It’s wonderful acts like this that makes all the crap worth it.

  2. mandyface2 - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    i may be bias but i love this. out of 5 sister inlaws i have two that are affected with this genetic disorder. it has got to be one of the worst childhood diseases out. these children start their lifes out as healthy normal children hitting all their markers and living life until it slowly begins to be taken away from them. for those of you who do not know what battens disease is… to put it simply the brain lacks an enzyme that allows it to dispose of protien waste, so the waste builds up and kills the brain one cell at a time. my two sisters are 12 and 21 and over the last 6 years i have watched them slowly slip away. the average life span is early 20s but those are the lucky ones. most dont get to see their 10th birthdays. i cant say thank you enough to darko milicic for helping to bring this disease out of the shadows. another awesome/amazing individual shinning light on this disease is a young man named noah. he is curently running across the counrty to raise money and awarness for battens. you too can follow his journey through twitter @noahontherun and online at please help us spread the word! if we dont have the fundings we will never find a cure. <3

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