True Sportsmanship: Denver Broncos Player Gives Young Boy Battling Cancer The Gift Of A Lifetime
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It’s always heartening to discover that your sporting heroes are also heroes in real life. Denver Broncos player Vernon Davis showed his compassionate side when he made time the day before Super Bowl 50 to visit Alex Walter, a lifelong fan suffering from both heart problems and aggressive cancer. He then presented the teen, who is receiving treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, with tickets for the big game between the Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Upon meeting the 18-year-old, Davis found himself moved to tears by the enthusiasm and gratitude of the young man, who has been a Broncos fan since the tender age of just two. Officials at Alex’s hospital used social media to get the attention of the Broncos after the young man mentioned to his pediatric oncologist that he would freak out if he ever met the team. Alex’s schedule of radiotherapy and chemotherapy is grueling, and his cancer came as an unpleasant surprise after he had a heart transplant to correct a congenital defect. Staff at the facility were keen to set up a meeting with Alex’s heroes to provide inspiration for his ongoing health battles.
Despite Davis’ busy schedule, he was glad he found the time to share the experience with the young man. He spoke of his conscious attempts at living compassionately and how this effort has rewarded him and provided a greater sense of gratitude. Alex has obviously taken this message to heart, as he gave the second ticket to a fellow patient from the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Giving a boost to someone doesn’t always take a lot of effort, but it does require thoughtfulness and making time for other people. What can you do to brighten someone’s day?
For further inspiration, read more stories about real-life heroes going the extra mile.