Larry Nance Jr.

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. finally gets to meet his Army pen pal 14 years after their first correspondence

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. finally gets to meet his Army pen pal 14 years after their first correspondence

Bianca Campbell enlisted in the U.S. Army two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The timing was a coincidence, as she’d long planned to enlist in search of opportunity she didn’t have at home in Buffalo. But because of the timing, she knew there was a good chance she’d be going overseas and a good chance she’d see combat.

Two years later and thousands of miles away, she grieved on her 20th birthday. A close friend, Pfc. Spence McNeil died that day, March 8, 2003, after five days in a coma. His family flew all the way to Saudi Arabia to disconnect his life support.

Amid her sadness one day, she got a letter from a 10-year-old boy in Akron,...

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