SYRACUSE -- A longtime friend of former Orange basketball star Pearl Washington says Washington's health has taken a bad turn.
Steiner Sports founder Brandon Steiner says Washington has suffered a relapse of a brain tumor he's been battling since the mid-1990s.
"Pearl has been sticking in for a while, but unfortunately he has taken a turn for the worse. He can't walk anymore," Steiner wrote on a GoFundMe page he established to raise money for Washington's care. "I'm trying to get this next phase more comfortable for him," Steiner wrote.
Steiner says Washington will need around the clock care and a wheelchair.
Click here for a detailed history of Pearl Washington's time with the Syracuse University Men's Basketball team in the mid-1980s.
This article originally appeared on CNY Central.