There are some things more important than football for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and a heartwarming video of Rodgers going door-to-door with a 12-year-old girl is proof.
In the video, which was posted to YouTube Sept. 20, Rodgers surprises residents of a Wisconsin neighborhood as he knocks doors with Annie Bartosz to promote her organization, Gold In September.
Annie lost her twin brother Jack two years ago when he died after a long battle with pediatric cancer. Inspired by love for her brother, Annie founded Gold In September, with a goal “to turn the world gold in September for kids battling cancer.”
“When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the family and the community,” Annie is quoted as saying on the organization’s website. “It’s devastating. My goal is to get everyone thinking about and wearing gold in September so we can bring an end to childhood cancer.”
While Annie appears to be shocked to see the Green Bay star in the video, Rodgers is no stranger to the Bartosz family. Rodgers became friends with Annie’s brother, Jack, prior to his death as a result of his involvement with the MACC fund, which is dedicated to childhood cancer and blood disorder research, according maccfund.org.
When asked in 2012 by Bleacherreport.com about his friendship with Jack, Rodgers recalled what first impressed him about Jack.
“You know, his attitude. Here's a kid who doesn't have a hair on his head and has had to do a lot of chemo; he hasn't had the chance to grow up and be a normal kid,” Rodgers said. “It just breaks your heart to see Jack dealing with those struggles and to see the families as well and the hardships they had to go through.”
Rodgers' continued efforts to pay tribute to his friend and to help Annie’s cause has solicited over 145,000 views in just two days on YouTube.
“He inspired a lot of people, myself included,” Rodgers tells Annie in the video. “And his legacy is living on with you. You’re doing some awesome things. I’m so proud of you.”