DENVER (KDVR) – From the time he was an Iowa Hawkeye, to now as a Denver Bronco, Josey Jewell has made it a priority to put a smile on the faces of children less fortunate by visiting various children’s hospitals. attend.
“I’ve always loved giving back and seeing fans and seeing people around, just to hear other people’s stories,” said the professional linebacker. “We have some free time here and there, so going to the children’s hospital in Denver is always fun to go there.”
So when a former Hawkeye teammate asked him to coach at a special soccer camp in Iowa in late June, it was a no-brainer.
“He told me the whole story, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d love to come and do a football camp with you and support that and get the word out,'” he said.
That friend is Los Angeles Ram’s security Jake Gervase, and while Gervase was in Iowa, he befriended Megan and Bill Gleeson. The Gleesons lost their son Reid to childhood cancer last October. They have since established the Rally For Reid Foundation.
“It’s really hard to put up with this pain and endure this world of childhood cancer and then just stop,” said Megan Gleeson, Reid’s mother. “We knew there was more for us to do. Raising this money for this cause can’t help Reid, but it can help kids get started.”
When Gervase got the idea to put together a Rally For Reid Football Camp, everyone was on board.
“When I asked all my friends who are on different teams in the NFL, they were immediately willing to volunteer and hopefully this is a camp that we will be doing for years to come,” Gervase said.
More than 400 campers signed up for this year’s camp, and they’ve raised nearly $50,000.
“A lot of the funding for childhood cancer research comes from small foundations like us,” Gleeson said. “Only 4% of federal funding goes to childhood cancer, the rest goes to adult cancer.”
Even as Reid is getting his angel wings, this coming weekend he will look down on this camp and cheer on those who carry on his legacy. The camp will take place on June 27 in Iowa. To donate, visit rallyforreid.org.
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