PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A local family rocked to the core by cancer somehow found a way to give back to others. Now, the Philadelphia Eagles are returning the favor.
The Kerr family has been nothing short of an inspiration on how to handle the toughest struggles in life.
Ryan Kerr was just 12-years-old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. He underwent 15 surgeries, but the cancer eventually took his right leg.
“I wanted to do something to make his (hospital) room seem a little bit more like home, so I made him a fun, bright pillowcase,” His mother Cindy explained.
Treatments continued, but five years after his diagnosis Ryan lost his life.
Cindy kept making her pillowcases and enlisted the help of others to create “Ryan’s Case For Smiles.”
To date, 1.6 million pillowcases have been made worldwide, thanks to her many partners.
She was working on the project when she too was diagnosed with cancer.
That’s when the Philadelphia Eagles took notice and decided to get involved, with players even helping her sew.
Then came an even bigger surprise from Coach Doug Pederson.
Tickets to the Super Bowl.
Cindy was actually given the tickets before the Eagles clinched the NFC Championship, making their victory that much sweeter.
Cindy stopped by Good Day Philadelphia on Thursday to talk more about Ryan’s Case For Smiles and the amazing surprise from the Eagles.