On Dec. 12, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat at a table after practice and signed 100 items for kids with cancer. He stopped for a minute, looked up and said, "The reality is, these kids help me."
On Friday, tickets will go on sale for "The Third Annual Evening with Aaron Rodgers" in Milwaukee, Wisc. The evening, benefiting the MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer), will feature Rodgers along with ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer and ESPN broadcaster Jeremy Schaap.
"To know that there are children suffering is a very sad and painful thing," Rodgers said recently. "My hope is that no child would have to endure any suffering."
It's fitting for Rodgers staring down an impossible goal off the field. It's what we've seen throughout his NFL career.
Rodgers' support of the MACC Fund has helped many families, like Joanie Novack's, whose oldest son Brandon was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12. Brandon endured more than two years of chemotherapy.
"When you see Aaron, you feel his sense of truly and honestly wanting to help these kids," Novack said. "He's so relatable for them."
Rodgers, along with the support of the MACC Fund, has helped her family change how they navigate through the difficulties Brandon faces. In November, Brandon received a football from Rodgers on which he wrote, "Brandon, thanks for being an inspiration to me."
Go to the MACC fund site for more details.