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After moving to Robbins, Wade didn't see his mother for two years.
During this time, Jo Linda was able to access a free supply of drugs by volunteering to be a tester – i.e., someone who tests street drugs for impurities before the dealers try to sell them.
Wade's performance during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2003 NCAA Tournament was highly publicized by the national press.
Against heavily favored, top-ranked and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats, Wade recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
He was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following twelve seasons.
In his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA championship in franchise history and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP.
When he was only 4 months old, his parents separated – and would later divorce.
During Wade's freshman year at Marquette, he was ineligible to play with the men's team as he had fallen short of academic standards set by the NCAA's Proposition 48.
Wade sought tutoring to improve his writing skills in order to regain eligibility.
In an interview with ESPN, Wade said "I've seen the needles laying around the house. I've seen a lot of things my mother didn't even know I'd seen as a kid." At the age of 6, he recalls police – with guns drawn – raiding his home as they searched for his mother.
When Wade turned 8 years old, his older sister, Tragil, tricked him – by telling him they were going to the movies – into living with his father, a former Army sergeant, and stepmother in a nearby neighborhood. A year later, his father moved the family to Robbins, Illinois.
On October 14, 2001, Jo Linda declared that she would change her life and get clean while attending a service at a Chicago church.