Kellogg, 62, suffers from stage 3 multiple myeloma, an inoperable and incurable cancer. Her dying request was to meet the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, who is also her favorite player. The Magic scheduled a half-hour meeting between Kellogg and Howard, but Howard ended up staying to talk with her for several hours.
"Dwight Howard is just such a precious, wonderful kid," Kellogg told the Orlando Sentinel. "Whenever I watch him play, he just makes me feel good inside."
She had just finished yet another round of chemotherapy — battling the aggressive cancer that destroys blood plasma in bone marrow — when the surprise visitor showed up at her apartment.
"He has become my 7-foot-tall bottle of medicine," Kellogg said.
Howard insists he felt just as privileged to meet Kellogg, and just before he was leaving the two-hour visit, he had to ask why meeting him was at the top of Kellogg's bucket list.
"Because some people get a choir that sings them into heaven and some people get a chariot that rolls them into heaven," Kellogg told him. "Not me. I want to be slam-dunked smack, dab into the middle of heaven by Dwight Howard."
Now that's magic.