Anonymous Vikings fan gifts SB tickets to young Eagles fan who beat cancer
An anonymous Minnesota Vikings fan has gifted Super Bowl LII tickets to a 13-year-old Philadelphia Eagles fan who had recently beaten cancer.
Cole Fitzgerald, of Washington Township, N.J., learned earlier this week he’d be traveling to Minneapolis to watch his beloved Eagles attempt to win the organization’s first championship in a showdown with the New England Patriots.
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The anonymous Vikings fan had won the tickets in a charity raffle two days before the Vikings were throttled by the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. The fan decided at the time he would only attend the Super Bowl if the Vikes played in it. And he kept his word.
“I realized it was destiny, just not my destiny,” the man wrote in a letter sent along with the tickets, via NJ.com. “You were the one meant to get these tickets all along.”
“I don’t think we’ve gotten through the whole letter yet,” Cole’s mother, Keren Fitzgerald, said Wednesday of the letter, via NJ.com. “I call my husband waterworks now.
“… My son is such a humble kid,” she continued. “He’s been through a lot. All the things he has been through medically, he never said, ‘why me?’ He accepted this is his journey.”
Minnesota nonprofit Spare Key, working with local businesses, helped coordinate an all-expenses-paid trip to Minneapolis for Fitzgerald and his father that included air fare, lodging, tickets to Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves games along with other perks. All told, the entire trip is valued between $20,000 and $25,000.
Fitzgerald, who beat neuroblastoma cancer, is grateful for the thoughtful gesture.
“Not many kids in this world have these opportunities,” he said.
Fitzgerald’s father, Bill, believes his son has earned such a wonderful bit of good fortune.
“I can’t imagine a kid who deserves this more,” he said. “I’m always uncomfortable thinking we deserve anything. Someone always has it worse. But if Cole’s story can inspire somebody else who has overcome personal obstacles, then I humbly and gratefully accept.
“We’re bestowed a heaping dose of what’s called Minnesota nice and in turn I hope they receive a heaping dose of Philadelphia brotherly love.”