The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers is one of the most deeply-felt in the NFL. Maybe it’s the cold winters; the long Februaries spent muttering about the division title that was rightfully your team’s, if not for that f*cking ref or somesuch. Whatever it is, the hatred can run pretty deep. That kind of hatred can sustain a person, like a villain dragging himself away from a car wreck. When you frame the Packers-Bears rivalry that way, it makes sense why a young Bears fan would name the brain tumor he’s fighting after the figurehead of his football misery, Aaron Rodgers.
The Elkhart Truth reported the story of 13-year-old Miguel Reyes, whose rare form of cancer produced a tumor that induces seizures and blurred vision. His family has started a GoFundMe for help training their dog, German shepherd Hester, to assist Miguel with his difficulties.
That would be a big help, but the kid from Elkhart, about a two-hour drive from Chicago, already has a strong weapon at his disposal: the unbridled passion of his fandom, with a hefty portion of hatred to keep him going.
(Via Elkhart Truth)