Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) reacts to Viking fans after the Green Bay Packers beat the Vikings 24-10 in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Cancer-Stricken Kid Gets Phone Call from Adrian Peterson After Twitter Campaign

Twitter can be a dangerous thing, as Darnell Docket found out Monday night (better keep an eye on your lady there A.J. McCarron). But Twitter can also be a glorious thing as demonstrated by this heartwarming story:

All the pain medication that is in stock at Strong Memorial Hospital could never do for Blake Cognata what one phone call did on Monday night.

His football hero, Minnesota Vikings’ star Adrian Peterson, called him not long after a grass-roots #APCallBlake Twitter campaign had begun.

The immense power of social media awed a Fairport family, thrilled a very ill high school senior, and gave insight into what Peterson is really like as a person.

“It was just the most amazing thing,” Blake’s mother, Diane Calcagno, said of the call and experience for her son. “He’s been glowing all night.”

So there you go, detractors of social media. Thanks to Twitter, a cancer-stricken kid got a pep talk from none other than Adrian Peterson. Go ahead. Accuse all Twitter users of being self-absorbed boobs. Only some Twitter users are self-absorbed boobs. Some of them are actually all right people who care about their fellow humans. Adrian Peterson falls under the latter heading. Forget All Day, how about All Heart? Maybe that should be his nickname now.

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