Dallas, TX – This week an enthusiastic and compassionate crew of kids from nearby Memorial Children’s hospital loaded into a bus and headed across town, hoping to bring a few rays of joy and hope into one of the saddest places around – the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room.
Young Ashter Fletchins describes how the idea hit him. “I saw them end their season 4-12 and I thought, ‘they really need someone cheering them on… somebody to say that you can keep going even when it looks bleak.”
The field trip is part of an effort by Memorial Children’s patients to give back to the community by reaching out to those less fortunate.
“People say being sick as a kid is hard, and it is… but at least the majority of us will get well. That’s a lot more than you can say for the Cowboys. When I think about those players trying to go back to work next year after finishing the season 4-12, that’s awful. You see how bad they’re suffering, and it really pulls at your heartstrings. Those guys are the real heroes.”
Quarterback Tony Romo was tearful as he described his reaction to seeing the kids walk into the locker room yesterday afternoon.
“I was having a pretty low day and feeling pretty sorry for myself; but just when I really thought there was no hope, those kids came in and brightened my life. They took time out of their busy days of treatments to come cheer us up. For just a little while, I forgot about the awful stuff I’m living through. They gave me hope for tomorrow.”
Dez Bryant also shared his gratitude.
“This morning I got up and I looked at myself in the mirror, and I just wondered if it was even worth it… But then those kids swooped in and changed me. It was like they shot sparkling rainbows out of their eyes straight into my heart.”
For the ailing Cowboys, it was just one glimmer of light in a long dark offseason. But it was a day they won’t soon forget.
For their efforts to give back even to the lowliest, the kids from Memorial Children’s are this week’s DME Health Heroes.