CHANDLER, Ariz. — There were tears of joy for 95-year-old Phoenix Mercury fan Ginny Millar after receiving a special message from Diana Taurasi. 

“Hey Ginny!” a prerecorded message on a laptop announced. “I just wanted to say hello. Thank you so much for following my career from Chino to UConn to now the Mercury,” Diana Taurasi said, speaking directly to one of her biggest fans. 

“I wish I was there with you. Merry Christmas and I hope you guys have a good New Year's,” she added.

Dr. Shelley Myers, Millar’s physician at the Hospice of the Valley facility in Chandler, had learned of Millar's fondness for basketball and the Mercury—and their star guard, Diana Taurasi.   

So Myers made a few phone calls and planned a surprise visit featuring Millar’s beloved women’s basketball team. The team responded in a big way.

After arranging for Taurasi to send Millar a message, the team put together a bigger presentation for their prized fan.

Mercury mascot Scorch bounded into Millar’s room with a team-signed basketball and a couple of signed action shots of Taurasi and the team.

Ginny Millar squealed with delight with each gift.  

“I never dreamed I would have such a wonderful day,” she said.  “What a merry Christmas present. Thank you all!”

The Mercury and the staff at Hospice of the Valley wanted to show Ginny and her family just how special she's been to them this holiday season.

Millar said she's been a big basketball fan since the 1970s when she was following the Portland Trailblazers win the NBA title with Bill Walton. She says she became a Mercury fan when she moved the Valley about four years ago.