Every weekend, we get to see our favorite players put on the Green and Gold to battle opponents on the gridiron. It gives us a chance to get away from the menial day-to-day goings of our lives. This is simply a glimpse of our favorite athletes. Every now and then do we get to see them doing things for the community that has a greater impact than whatever can happen on the field.
I should have probably put this in the FanShot section, but I don't think this does the community any service. Awareness needs to be brought to the often glum times of severe childhood illnesses. The website is ItsAaron.com. Aaron Rodgers collaborates with our favorite local TV attorney, David Gruber, and the MACC fund to visit children with various diseases. The site features three stories of children that Aaron Rodgers decides to visit. From the website,
itsAaron.com was created by Aaron Rodgers and David Gruber to create awareness for organizations and people who are changing the world.
Aaron Rodgers is knocking on doors and ringing doorbells to hang out with people whose lives have been deeply impacted by the wonderful work of organizations like the MACC Fund.
Imagine being 8 years old and developing a blood disorder that creates more pain than anyone can fathom. Now imagine your little brother offers his bone-marrow to save your life. The transplant works. Your little brother is now a super hero, and you want the world to know about it. You are busting at the seams to tell your story so you can help other kids! But how do you tell the story? Who will listen? Then the doorbell rings…
Aaron Rodgers wants to hear your story and he's going to help you share it with a lot of people.
That's what itsAaron.com is all about. itsAaron.com is a reminder and an opportunity. It's a reminder that every one of us can make a big difference in our community. It's an opportunity to get involved.
Aaron Rodgers and David Gruber believe that each of us can make a difference in our community, whether it be with time, talents or money. We can all work together to make our world better.
The first feature is Maggie--a young girl with a tumor that required chemotherapy and surgery to remove. I'll let the video speak for itself.
Aaron surprises Maggie - the full story (via itsaaroncom)
Why is this important to me? While I didn't exactly have a famous person or a professional athlete visit me during a long stay in the hospital, people did show up at a surprising rate. It helps raise your spirits when your life at that present moment consists of watching heart rate monitors and awaiting the day you can finally say you have recovered. I can't imagine what joy is brought to these kids who randomly have Aaron Rodgers show up at their homes.
I know this reeks of advertising or promotion, but it is not. I've passed this on to as many people as I could. It involves the Packers and awareness of childhood disease, which are two things I hold close to my heart. The least you could do is watch the video and read some of the site. If one person who reads this and takes another step forward in action, then this post has done its job. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed reading this piece and are excited that we have not only the best quarterback in the league, but a man with a great heart as well.