This past Tuesday, Cam Newton, Panthers quarterback, showed us an exemplary reminder of what we can do to support others this holiday season! Newton, who is known for his celebratory dancing on the field, as well as his myriad acts of kindness and effective charity foundation, responded to the family of a 10-year-old fan about to undergo critical surgery to treat life-threatening advanced pulmonary hypertension.
10-year old Austin’s wish for Christmas was to see Newton at his birthday party, and his teacher spread the message through social media, adding that the procedure Austin would undergo carried with it a great deal of risk:
“I don’t normally post things like this but this special little guy needs our prayers in a big way. This is my student, Austin. Just 3 short weeks ago, Austin’s life was changed forever. He was diagnosed with advanced pulmonary hypertension. His prognosis is not good. He will have a procedure done next Wednesday that the doctors fear he may not make it through. Please pray for a miracle.
**The 2nd thing I am asking of you is to SHARE this post to help one of Austin’s wishes come true. Just before Thanksgiving, I was headed to an Auburn football game. Austin was in awe of this. He also told me he “wished Cam Newton could come to his birthday party.” Austin may not ever make it to an Auburn football game but I know social media is a strong force that can make things happen. Let’s use it for something positive and spread this like wildfire and somehow, someway get the word to Cam Newton and give this precious little boy his wish.”
See Austin’s reaction to Cam here:
Although we see such inspirational messages even more frequently around Christmastime, it’s important to remember that there are many little ways we can help out year-round! While the rest of us may not have Newton’s star power or social media fame, we can help out by volunteering at hospitals, food pantries, or educational centers, or by donating to one of many top charities devoted to bettering people’s lives worldwide. To learn more about things you can do to help make kids’ lives better, visit the parent-run More4Kids top charity list and CharityWatch’s effective philanthropy picks.