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‘Gronkenstein’ stars as Pats host pediatric patients for Halloween (pics)

The New England Patriots on Monday hosted pediatric cancer patient at Gillette Stadium for a festive Halloween party.

Approximately 40 children, along with their families, who are battling cancer were entertained by more than a dozen Patriots players at the event. The attendees decorated Halloween cookies and pumpkins and got to get up close and personal with “Gronkenstein,” as Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski not surprisingly was the star of the show.

Cornerback Johnson Bademosi (Captain America), offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (Robin) and safety Devin McCourty (Wolverine), defensive end Deatich Wise (Batman) were among the Patriots players who got in on the Halloween festivities.

The Patriots posted some video of Gronkenstein and his costumed teammates delighting the crowd.

Patriots lineman Nate Solder was especially touched by the team’s first-ever hosted Halloween party for pediatric patients. His two-year-old son, Hudson, was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms tumors — a rare kidney cancer — when he was three months old. Hudson is currently undergoing cancer treatments.

“I’m just glad we get to have fun tonight,” Solder, diagnosed with testicular cancer three years ago, said Monday, via the Boston Herald. “This is such a special night. All these kids are here, all going through really difficult circumstances, but we all go through it together and we get to have some fun and be kids tonight.”

Solder arrived at the party dressed up as Wizard Whitebeard from “Where’s Waldo.” Little Hudson came was Waldo.

It certainly looks like a grand time was had by one and all. Kudos to the Patriots organization for putting on such a great event for some brave and inspiring youngsters.