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Philip Rivers Makes a Wish come true

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerJeff, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. ChargerJeff

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    The Make A Wish Foundation of San Diego recently received a 'wish' from a football fan in Los Angeles. 7-year-old Jaime's wish was to meet Philip Rivers. There’s nothing like making a child’s wish come true! Wishes can be small or large, simple or elaborate, but all are important to the child. Last week, Philip drove to L.A. to make Jaime's dream 'wish' come true, and spent two hours visiting with him in the hospital. There were gifts, autographs, and lots of smiles!
     
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    Philip has always been one to give back to the community. I am sure he made that boys day as that smile on his face says it all!​
     
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    By the end of the two hours, I'm sure the little guy was exhausted...... "Wow, I didn't know Philip talked so much!" ;)
     
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    It is sad that other fans really don't like PR. He truly is a good human being.
     
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    The lil guy was talking with a suthun drawl as well...
     
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    Good for Philip always great to see when a athlete (not just Chargers) takes time out to help with a charity or some kids dream. Always kind of get a lump in my throat when I read these kind of things
     
  8. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    Unfortunately they form their opinions based on a short piece of video here or there, they don't get the big picture.
     
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    CHARGERS: Rivers embraces his charity work

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    SAN DIEGO — The Make-a-Wish foundation does regular work with the Chargers. Meetings between ill children and their favorite players are arranged complete with a tour of the Chargers' complex, some one-on-one time with stars and tickets to a home game.

    Jaime Gonzalez was unable to do any of those things this winter. The 7-year-old Escondido resident was at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, in a fight with two different forms of cancer. When Gonzalez's prognosis deteriorated rapidly in January, Make-A-Wish needed to hurry in order to grant his wish of meeting Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

    Turned out, it wasn't a problem. Rivers received the request on Jan. 17 and was driving north the next day.

    "There was a kid that could be dying any day, and he wants to meet me of all people," said Rivers, one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. "This 7-year-old could make any wish and he wants to hang out with me. Man, you don't turn that one down."

    Make-a-Wish provides a car service on such excursions. Rivers drove himself. Two hours in traffic each way on Jan. 18 for the chance to brighten a stranger's day.

    The Man of the Year award recognizes a player's charity work in addition to excellence on the field. Baltimore's Matt Birk and Chicago's Charles Tillman are the other finalists. The winner will be announced on Feb. 4 in Indianapolis. The NFL will make a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

    That will likely be the Rivers of Hope foundation, an organization started by Rivers and his wife, Tiffany, which is dedicated to finding permanent homes for foster children.

    That Jaime Gonzalez wasn't involved with Rivers of Hope didn't matter to Rivers. Not one bit.

    "Did I have any lasting impact? I don't know," Rivers said. "But he was so excited that day, and I'm glad that I could put a smile on his face. We played catch and watched the (Chargers-Ravens game on DVD), and he was talking and laughing throughout the game. Here's a kid hooked up to every machine known to man, and he was happy.

    "Those are the little things you have to do if you're in this position. It was nothing to drive up there for a day. You think it's tough losing six in a row or fumbling a snap? That ain't nothing. Illness is his life right now. Those moments and those experiences can really be powerful."

    Rivers believes athletes have a responsibility to help when they can, whether it's for Gonzalez or one of the dozens of kids he has helped find what he terms "forever parents and forever homes."

    "I see it as a responsibility," Rivers said. "I hear it debated a bunch about whether players are role models, but there's no doubt that we are. Kids look up to us. That's just a fact. There's a responsibility that comes with this job, especially when you're given a platform to help people.

    "I want to help us win a championship, but your legacy is greater than that. There's more to being a professional athlete (than) what happens between the lines."

    Rivers said the idea for Rivers of Hope originated while he, Tiffany and their six children were driving home from Disneyland a few years ago. The couple had taken great joy in providing their children with a memorable experience and a loving environment in which to grow up. They talked and talked and decided they wanted to help kids who didn't have the same experience.

    "We both felt we were led by God that way to help these children," Rivers said. "There are daily things like tucking kids in at night that we all take for granted, all of us except the children who don't get that kind of attention.

    "There are kids who go from one school to another and don't get birthday presents or a place to call home, through no fault of their own. We wanted to help the kids that are here and give them the things we appreciated growing up in a more traditional household."

    Rivers of Hope is focused on raising money to help local foster kids, whether it's placing them in permanent homes or giving them birthday parties or day trips to Sea World or a baseball game. Rivers said he was humbled by the nomination but refused to take full credit for the foundation's success.

    "The nomination is more about the community than it is about me," Rivers said. "We can all be proud of the effort orchestrated by the foundation, because none of it could've happened without support.

    "Rivers of Hope is family run and community driven. That's what I really enjoy about this endeavor. It's not about what can I do as an athlete. It's about what we can do as a community."

    Call staff writer Scott Bair at 760-739-6642. For instant coverage, go to twitter.com/nctchargers.
     
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    JohnnyX 2017 Chargers Head Coach

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    Awesome story and a awesome players. Go Rivers!
     

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