A stay in the hospital can kill all the fun, especially if you’re a kid. However, the New York Jets made sure to give one patient from a local children’s hospital the chance to participate in the pregame coin toss, along with three other children affected by cancer, prior to their game against the New England Patriots.
The Jets and Atlantic Health System have partnered to fight against pediatric cancer, and in their effort, they gave four kids who are undergoing or who have completed treatment at the Valerie Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ the opportunity to serve as honorary captains for the week 6 match up.
One of the children chosen to be captain was a little boy named Jack, who couldn’t attend the game due to still undergoing treatment. So, the Jets “brought” the experience to him with the help of the VGo Robot, which was designed for children with extended illnesses, immune deficiencies and other physical challenges that prevent physical attendance, so they can still participate in the classroom and in social experiences.
Thanks to the technology, Jack was essentially on the field for pre-game warmups and the coin toss.
Jack is at Goryeb Children’s Hospital undergoing treatment.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 15, 2017
The Jets and Atlantic Health System joined forces as part of the NFL and American Cancer Society’s “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign to address early detection and risk reduction efforts for various cancers.
— Atlantic Health (@AtlanticHealth) October 15, 2017
The team has long supported pediatric cancer patients, making countless hospital visits, and even hosting them for a day of football fun.
For example, 10-year-old Jesse Pallas, an ALL Leukemia survivor, went in for a play during the Jets’ Green & White practice in August, where he scored a touchdown. Then he was presented with four tickets to the team’s home opener.
That deserves a J-E-T-S! chant even from non-Jets fans.