Dwayne Wade: Loss, Love And Balancing It All


It’s been a roller coaster of emotions in the Wade household for the past few days.  For one, news broke that his cousin, Nykea Aldridge was gunned down in Chicago leaving her four children, one only months old, without their mother.

Wade wrote Friday, “My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough.”

In another message, he wrote, “We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!”

Police said that Nykea was caught in fatal crossfire Friday while pushing a stroller down a Chicago street, when several men allegedly started shooting at each other.

According to WGN News, Nykea had been on her way to register her three oldest children for elementary school. Her youngest child is just weeks old.

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Then on the opposite side of the emotional scale, Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union just celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary.

The star wrote on Instagram: “This is how 2 years of being married to you has felt. Happy Anniversary to my beautiful wife @gabunion”



Then the NBA all-star went on to write just how blessed he is to have such a wonderful wife in his life, saying that “Mrs. Independent. I got me one… Happy Anniversary baby!”


The cute couple even made this little video just one week before their anniversary as a part of the “So Gone Challenge” on social media.


Now, dealing with a new team, the Chicago Bulls as of the 2016-2017 NBA season, the loss of his cousin and building a family as a newlywed, Dwayne Wade takes everything in stride.  Just as he likes to say about his life, “this is much more than basketball.”

The talented baller is still planning on doing some events to combat the violence in his hometown and making sure his three sons are safe as well.