Vikings LB Chad Greenway Donates Van To Family Of Disabled Child
By Adam Carlson
There’s a reason why fans love Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. When he’s on the field, he’s a tough, physical defender who led the team in tackles for six consecutive seasons. Off the field, he’s one of the most generous and caring stars in the National Football League.
Sep 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52) rests along the sidelines in the game with the New England Patriots at TCF Bank Stadium. The Patriots win 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings fans are well aware of many of the things that Chad Greenway does for the community. His Lead The Way Foundation has many great programs like Chad’s Locker (which donates entertainment and other items to hospitals for patients and their families with extended stays), Field of Dreams (presenting vacation and sports wishes to children with serious illnesses) and the TendHER Heart Luncheon (an annual event for mothers of children with disabilities). However, even Chad Greenway likes to take things a step further once in a while.
According to a recent article on the CBS local website in Minnesota, during the final days of Greenway’s “Day To Reach” football camp he presented the family of a disabled child named Harley with a handicap-accessible van. The family was desperately in need of one following an automobile accident where doctors only gave the boy a 5% chance to survive. With the help of Jay Malone Motors, Chad Greenway was able to help this family out in a major time of need.
Here is the story that ran on WCCO CBS 4 in Minnesota:
Harley’s mother Typhena is very thankful for her community supporting her and her family through the hard times.
"“We’ve been in the hospital a long time, and it was so nice to come home. It’s been so nice knowing — with all the support that I’ve seen online and stuff — knowing we were going to come back to a community that would be there for him.”"
Meanwhile, Chad Greenway sees this as a great chance to help educate the children at his “Day To Reach” camp just how much a token of appreciation and kindness can mean to someone during their time of need.
"“Our camp mantra is appreciation, and I just think that really ties into what we’re trying to teach these kids at the camp,” Greenway said."
It’s stories like this that remind us of how much good can be done by athletes and celebrities. All it takes is a warm heart and good intentions, and lives can be changed forever. For more information on Chad Greenway’s Lead The Way foundation, be sure to check out the official website. In the meantime, we can all be glad that the Minnesota Vikings can be proud to say that Greenway is a member of the team’s roster.
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