Maggie is an enormous Green Bay Packers fan who also happens to be a childhood cancer survivor. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers decided to surprise Maggie one afternoon and spend the day hanging out with her.
The Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer (MACC fund), which was founded in 1976, is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding childhood cancer and conducts other blood disorder research. The organization has donated $41 million to childhood cancer since its foundation.
Maggie is an 11-year-old who is obsessed with the Packers and enjoys playing soccer and collecting American Girl Dolls. She is also a gifted artist who is learning how to play the keyboard. Maggie was born with a large tumor under her tongue and needed multiple painful surgeries and several months of chemo therapy to overcome the cancerous lump. Thanks in large part to organizations such as the MACC fund, Maggie is cancer free and living a normal life.
The reigning Most Valuable Player on the NFL gridiron also wanted to be a valuable person off the field. Rodgers and lawyer David Gruber founded itsAaron.com to generate awareness for organizations and people that are improving the world we live in. Rodgers visits Maggie to see how she is doing after being diagnosed over a decade ago.
It is quite obvious in the video that Rodgers is thrilled to meet Maggie and surprised by how healthy she is. It is also clear that Maggie is in shock to see her idol standing on her doorstep. The look on Maggie’s face is priceless when Rodgers tells her that he is there to hang out with her.
Professional football players get paid so much money by the NFL and off the field endorsements that they sometimes forget they are put in a unique position to do plenty of good in the world. Rodgers does not have to spend his time meeting childhood cancer survivors but he knows how important it is to send a positive message to the children and anyone watching the video.
And remember, you do not have to be a professional athlete or someone famous to be a part of the cure. Anyone can donate money or get involved with the MACC fund to raise awareness about childhood cancer. Make sure to visit http://maccfund.org/ to be a part of something special.