We all know Aaron Rodgers is a god amongst men, but did you know he's also a genuine hero to small children?
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a heartwarming story about Aaron Rodgers, 13-year-old Anna Schmidt, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Anna's story is remarkable. Last December, she went to the hospital with a stomach ache. By the end of March, she had had several strokes and a heart transplant. She still finished the school year and will start eighth grade this fall, on schedule.
Last week, Aaron Rodgers and Al Harris went to the practice field and taped a message for Anna Schmidt: the quarterback and cornerback were going to make her wishes come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and invite her to a Green Bay Packers practice. The Packers put the message on a DVD disc, put the iconic ‘G’ symbol on the front and sent it to ESPN, which forwarded it to the Schmidt family.
When she got it, the girl broke in to tears. The Packers had no idea how far this girl had come, but they would soon find out.
She’s looking forward to telling her friends about her special day Thursday, when right after she got a tour of Lambeau Field, Anna walked off the practice field carrying Rodgers [sic] helmet. She chatted up the quarterback like they were old friends.
The special union was granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which works with children with life-threatening medical conditions, in conjunction with ESPN SportsCenter’s “My Wish” series. [...]
Anna said Rodgers “was a really nice guy.”
[...] The quarterback rode from practice to Lambeau Field on Anna’s bike and then spent more than an hour having lunch with her. He pulled his teammates over, one after another, and introduced them to Anna. She spent a lot of time with Al Harris and got the autographs of Ryan Grant and Mason Crosby.
Anna and her brother spent the whole day with the Packers, and she and her family have been invited to attend Saturday's exhibition as their guests.
"She said when she got her heart, it was the greatest day of her life,” said Brian Schmidt. “And this day was a close second.”
Let's assume you are critically ill (but don't worry for in a stroke of good luck one of the CGB chemists, unbeknownst to you, is about to discover a miracle drug to cure you forever. Smiles all around!). What would you ask for from Make-a-Wish?