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One of the most legendary figures in Syracuse basketball history, Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, needs our help. The point guard who put the Orange on the map in the 1980s has been battling health issues for years, and things have taken a turn for the worse for #31.

A GoFundMe page has been set up on Pearl’s behalf by his friend Brandon Steiner, and I’ll let it speak for itself:

“My longtime friend, Pearl Washington, a former Syracuse Orange basketball star who also played for the Nets and Heat in the NBA, has suffered a relapse of a brain tumor that he has been dealing with since 1995.

Pearl has been sticking in for a while, but unfortuantely he has taken a turn for the worse. He can’t walk anymore. I’m trying to get this next phase more comfortable for him.

Pearl will now require round-the-clock 24-hour care, a wheelchair and other necessities. I along with many other fellow Orange alumni are doing what we can to raise money for one of my favorite people in the world. Please consider donating.”

If you have the means, please consider helping the Pearl, and keep him in your thoughts.

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including Cracked.com, Spike.com, TheSportster.com, Gunaxin.com, and TopTenz.net, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish