Our previous post shared quotes from patients and parents on the impact of attending a Special Spectators event. But the attendees are not the only ones touched by our organization. Student-athletes, fans, coaches and hospital staff also see the benefit from their involvement. Here's what they had to say about Special Spectators:
“I can tell you, quite certainly, that the children and their families had a terrific day away from the usual cares and worries of their weeks.
The diagnosis of cancer and other serious blood disorders is a devastating moment and a long journey for all concerned, and events such as Special Spectators really are important ways in which families cope with the enormous demands that are placed upon them.” Mark Musselman, M.D.
“If we can do one little part to help their life be a little better or to make one night be a very enjoyable night and a lasting memory for not only the young people, but also the families, that’s what college football is all about.” Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
"I first learned about Special Spectators in 2004 and since then I've had a great experience, a lot of fun meeting all the children, having them come by the office, come by the facility, before games, after games. Really a fun group of kids to be around and it really lightens your heart and lets you keep things in perspective. It's exciting to show them around and see the excitement they have being around your team." Head Coach Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma
“It was 9:15 and we had the day off from school and I was just like, “Man, I wish I didn’t have to get up this early. But then you come in (to the hospital) and see the smiles on their faces.
We went into one room and her heart monitor started going off. Her heart rate jumped like that when we walked into that room. That’s one of the things I’ll take away from this day . . .” B.H. Student-Athlete