A few weeks ago, Adam Hughes and I put together this story about Jake Cohen, a young collector from Colorado who lost his sight as a result of complications from neuroblastoma, a cancer he’s been fighting since he was very young.
Despite not being able to see, Jake still appreciates football cards. His favorite player is Aaron Rodgers. Mike Fruitman of Mike’s Stadium Sportscards (and What’s Hot in the Shop fame) was impressed with Jake’s outlook and we decided to get in touch with Jake and his mom. Many of you were inspired by it and the Cohen family and their friends liked it, too.
One of the great things about the internet is that stories like this can spread quickly. Jake’s family was able to get in touch with a couple of acquaintances who were able to get the link to the NFL MVP.
Apparently, he was inspired too.
To make a long story short, Jake and his family boarded a plane for Wisconsin last week and were able to spent about a half hour with Aaron. Jake gave him one of the special bracelets he makes, got his football cards signed, a free #12 jersey from the quarterback himself… and a memory he’ll never forget.
Rodgers pours his heart into the fight against childhood cancer, so I’m not entirely surprised he took time to meet Jake.
I’m thrilled we played a small role in giving a lifetime memory to one special kid. The photos below say it all.