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Posted by Aaron Popkey on May 17, 2012 – 12:39 pm

Children's Hospital

The Tailgate Tour’s third day started off with a visit to the American Family Insurance Children’s Hospital at UW-Madison.

The players split up as Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby and William Henderson visited children receiving treatment for cancer, and Charlie Peprah, Marco Rivera and Larry McCarren visited children receiving treatment for other ailments.

Peprah, Rivera and McCarren first spent some time in a playroom and added their hand prints to a piece of art that will be featured as an auction item at this summer’s Mike and Jessica McCarthy golf outing to support the children’s hospital. McCarren and Rivera built some towers with blocks as well, with McCarren showing his competitive spirit by sitting down on the floor to try and out-build a young patient.

Room-to-room visits followed as the crew posed for pictures and signed autographs. Children and parents smiled broadly and enjoyed a brief break from the serious nature of their stays.

Twelve-year-old Kiley Lynch-Youngman relished the chance to get some photos taken with the players, particularly with her favorite player, Nelson.

“This is really cool,” she said with a smile after No. 87 signed her paper.

Overall, the group had the opportunity to spend time with nearly 50 pediatric patients.

“I really enjoyed the visit,” Nelson said on the bus afterward. “Unfortunately I’m now two-for-two with kids who have been in dirt bike accidents on the Tailgate Tour. He was beat up pretty badly, but he’s going to make a full recovery, so that’s good.”

Click here to see photos from the visit.

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