This is a story I want to share with my fellow BTSC members. This subject will make everyone reflect about what's really important in life. It has nothing to do with football but it is so much more important.
My beloved 14 year nephew is fighting the battle of his life in Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. He has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma which is a very aggressive childhood cancer. It has been an extremely heartbraking journey. Nothing compares to seeing sick children with cancer.
One Friday afternoon, our family was told that a certain Pittsburgh Steeler comes up to the 9th floor every single Friday to visit the children who are cancer stricken. That Pittsburgh Steeler is Troy Polamalu. Mr. Polamalu arrives at the hospital very discreetly with no fanfare, cameras, or bodyguards. He is completely by himself as he ascends up to the 9th floor. He goes from room to room to talk with each and every sick child. He came into my nephew's room and hugged my sister and sat on the bed with my nephew. He never said a word about football. He found out my nephew's passion was fishing and they talked about it for 20 minutes. As he spoke with him, he was completely focused on him as if nothing else in the world mattered. There aren't enough adjectives to describe what a kind, caring,and compassionate person Troy is. He gives the children something to look forward to and most importantly he gives them hope. When I saw Troy so upset after last week's game, I couldn't believe his humility. He called himself selfish because he made a bad decision on the football field? Troy , I somehow hope you read this. You are the most UNSELFISH person that I have ever met in my life. Do not ever hang your head in shame. You are an asset to your faith, your family,your organization ,and your fans. Not only are you an outstanding player, you are a greater person. I can't thank you enough for giving your precious time to my nephew and all of the children. God Bless You