Darko Milicic: the starting center for the Minnesota Timberwolves has decided to auction off his 2004 NBA Championship Detroit Pistons ring. He’ll be auctioning it off to raise money and awareness for children dealing with the terminal illness known as Batten’s disease.
Milicic will also be auctioning off the Championship belt that was given to him by Rasheed Wallace.
Batten’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects mostly children and gradually causes blindness, seizures and death. Milicic first found out about this disease while reading a newspaper story about this disease in his native “homeland” Serbia.
The treatments for this disease cost $35,000 and Milicic is raising this money in hopes that they’ll be able to be more affordable someday.
Darko got the idea last year when Ron Artest auctioned off his championship ring, he won with the Lakers last season for mental health programs in schools.
Anyone who is interested can purchase raffle tickets for $2 each and the raffle will be open for a few months until a winner is chosen. He will also be giving an all-expense paid trip to the NBA Finals in June.
Milicic won his Championship ring as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He was a rookie and seldom-played, so needless to say this record doesn’t have much “sentimental” value to him. He knows this is going to a great cause however the belt he was given by Rasheed Wallace was a gift and does mean a lot to him. However, he hopes Wallace understands and knows it’s going to a great cause.