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Steelers FB Will Johnson raises money for young fan fighting leukemia

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Will Johnson makes an impact on the field and off the field, recently spearheading a fundraiser that provided more than $6,000 for a young fan's leukemia treatment.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On the field, Will Johnson is a hulking fullback known for his physical strength. Off the field, he is having a positive impact in the community by helping a the family of 11-year-old McKenzie Flohr raise money to fight cancer. Flohr suffers from leukemia and is currently undergoing her second round of chemotherapy.

Johnson took teammates Matt Spaeth and C.J. Goodwin on a road trip to Morgantown, WV, a place close to Johnson's heart as an alumnus of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Once there, the trio signed autographs, and then Johnson and his wife Jessica visited Flohr in the hospital.

The Flohr family reminded Johnson of his own family growing up. McKenzie Flohr's dad is a single parent raising McKenzie and her twin sister. Johnson was raised by a single mom. He explained, via ESPN, "He's raising them by himself and she's going through so much but they are in such strong spirits-- I was uplifted by the whole situation. She's a very upbeat young girl."

Matt Flohr, McKenzie's dad, was thankful, saying, "For an NFL football player to come spend time with her and help the family raise money, she knows they don't have a lot of free time. This really meant the world to her."

The event not only benefited the the Flohr family, residents of Morgantown, WV were thrilled to have the chance to meet members of the Pittsburgh Steelers. J.R. Toothman of Toothman Ford, where the event was held, said that people in his community "probably never have the chance to meet a pro football player or go to a Steelers game."

Many can now say they got to meet an NFL play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, all while raising money for a worthy cause.