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Wilson Holloway and Blake Griffin were best friends.

They were inseparable when they met at age 12, played the same sports, and even though Griffin went on to play college basketball at Oklahoma and Holloway pursed college football at Tulsa, the two were always there for each other.

Holloway died in February after complications from Hodgkin's lymphoma. Griffin dedicated his NBA All-Star weekend, including his slam dunk contest win where he sailed over a Kia Optima for an overhead slam, to his best friend, and now he's donating the car to an auction for Stand Up To Cancer to help fund research for Holloway's disease.

"I am honored to memorialize Wilson's legacy by helping raise funds for cancer research," Griffin told the Tulsa World. "Wilson was an inspiration to everybody who knew him, and a very dear friend and teammate."

Griffin also created a Team Blake page on the Stand Up to Cancer website. On it, Griffin's message reads:

Join my team in honor of my friend Wilson Holloway who was taken way too soon by Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Griffin goes on to share his relationship with Holloway in his mission statement.{YSP:MORE}

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In 2008, Holloway, who was coming off a redshirt season, experienced shortness of breath during offseason running drills and was sent for medical attention. After several tests, doctors found a softball-sized tumor in Holloway's chest and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Holloway underwent chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free that August. He even played in six games that year. But the cancer returned in October and he never played football again, though he was listed in the Tulsa media guide for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Holloway died on Feb. 16, 2011 at age 22. Less than a day after all-star festivities concluded, Griffin served as a pallbearer at the funeral in Edmond, Okla.

"He's just one of those guys that was always positive and always a great guy," Griffin said at his All-Star game press conference. "To see him go through what he did and keep smiling and keep staying positive about it was an inspiration to a lot of people. I'm definitely going to miss him. But I know he's in a better place right now."

The auction for the donated car runs through 9 p.m. ET May 15.

Graham Watson is a regular contributor to Dr. Saturday. Follow her on Twitter: @Yahoo_Graham

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