Philadelphia Eagles make a young fan’s dreams come true
The Philadelphia Eagles are always giving back. This time around, they gave back to a young fan and treated him to the day of his life.
The Philadelphia Eagles just made the hard times of life a little easier for one young fan. The last few months have been anything but easy for nine year old Nicky Rutherford. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.
The disease is currently incurable and has a low survival rate. His family and friends created a Go Fund Me Page to help pay for the medical bills. Rutherford began treatments in February. Shortly before their completion, Rutherford took another hit. His father died suddenly on April 4th.
While times have been rough, things got a bit brighter for him this May. Through the Love Your Melon Foundation, Rutherford’s dreams became a reality.
The Eagles swoop in to help.
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Rutherford is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, and on Friday, he was treated to an experience that most Eagles fans only dream of. He rode to the Eagles stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, in style. After arriving at the stadium in a limousine, he was given a tour of the facility. He was also given a jersey with his name on the back. During a tour, he was greeted by a number of Eagles players and coaches, including head coach Doug Pederson and running back Darren Sproles.
Sporting a number 11 jersey, Rutherford posed for a picture with the man who wears that very same number on Sundays in the fall, quarterback Carson Wentz. QB1 of the Eagles is, of course, no stranger to giving back to those in need. He is the founder of the AO1 Foundation. AO1 was started in 2017 and its’ purpose is to “demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities for the less fortunate and those in need”.
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New friendships start in unexpected places.
During his visit at Lincoln Financial, Rutherford developed a special bond with Eagles safety Tre Sullivan. Sullivan was blown away by the courage of Rutherford.
“The kid never frowned, he never held his head,” Sullivan said. “His strength is amazing. He’s a young boy and he’s stronger than men and women out there today”.
Sullivan and Rutherford not only bonded but they created a friendship that will go on forever.
“That’s why we are best friends now,” Rutherford said.
The road for this young man won’t get any easier, but he won’t be going into battle alone. He has a new team of brothers ready to fight beside him.