He’s not a doctor, nor does he play one on TV, but Gilbert Brown possessed some healing power today, if only for a brief while, while he and the other members of the tour visited Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee area.
Brown and the group delivered cheer to the patients and families, and provided an appreciated respite from their health challenges. Visits took place in the lobby as well as on a couple floors in the MACC Fund Center, where children are treated for cancer and other illnesses. Small talk, pictures, pom-poms and footballs were shared.
“I loved that visit,” Brown said. “Best stop on the trip. To be able to interact with those kids, we feel like we made their day. And with their families, we helped to break the monotony of the day, what they’re going through. When they look up at you with the smile, it’s a thank you, and they don’t have to say it.
While the players appreciate being able to provide some laughs and smiles, the effect on the kids and their families is real.
“We look forward to these visits,” said Jill Wiench, child life specialist for Children’s Hospital. “Sometimes we don’t see a smile for days, and then this makes their day. Even though they’re sick and the whole family is faced with challenges, a moment like this is a bright spot.”
After leaving the hosptial, the Tailgate Tour motor coach traveled north toward Sheboygan for its final tailgate party to benefit Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.
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