Hello, welcome. As a Falcons fan, I invite you to enjoy this video of my NFC South rivals, the Saints, watching their NFC Championship hopes dashed in less than 10 seconds…by none other than the Minnesota Vikings…to the tune of my all-time hero Celine Dion.
Now that I have indulged that pettiness, let’s take a closer look at one of the guys that made that win possible. At 6’6”, weighing 265 lbs., this man is truly a force to be reckoned with, yet when he makes his way into the hospital rooms of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, he is greeted with nothing but smiles.
When Rudolph was barely one year old, his younger brother Casey was born with a type of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. This early experience in life created a soft spot in Rudolph’s heart for young children fighting illnesses, which was only exacerbated by the birth of his twin daughters this past year.
Rudolph was involved at the children’s hospital before he was even drafted, but since being drafted he has made a lasting impact with considerable financial donations to the hospital. Recently, Kyle along with his wife Jordan donated $250,000 to begin the funding for a relaxation area in the hospital called “Kyle Rudolph’s Endzone.” And as part of Rudolph’s nomination, the hospital will also be receiving a $50,000 donation to go towards the Endzone. Another initiative that I thought was incredibly unique was Rudolph’s holiday getaway for the kids in the hospital.
— Masonic Children's (@UMNChildrens) December 18, 2017
Patients and their families were transported on an international jet “Rudy’s Red Eye,” to the North Pole where they met Santa and Mrs. Claus, and also hung out with Rudolph and some other members of the Vikings offense. They were able to explore the magical winter wonderland as well as see Santa’s workshop, meet some elves and just go insane like every other kid around Christmas. Parents were so grateful that their children could just forget their worries and enjoy a normal childhood fantasy. Kyle Rudolph has done an incredible job creating change in his small piece of the world, and is proof that financial success and change can go hand in hand. People like him, who can use social media to change kids’ lives and give them hope on a hard day should be highlighted and promoted for being good examples. There’s a reason your mom said that if everyone does their part the job gets done a lot faster. Obviously, Rudolph has the financial means to be incredibly generous, while the average college kid such as myself is scraping together $7.85 for my Barberitos order, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use our time and other talents to transform our little corners of the world.