These stories are always awesome to hear about, read here.
During the course of this offseason, I’ve become friends with Murray via Twitter. On Thursday, I reached out to him and told him about Jack’s situation. DeMarco almost immediately called and left a message for Jack.
“I got your message on Twitter about my man Jack, I hope he’s doing well,” he said. “I hope he hears this voice message, and please tell him he’s in my prayers and God has a plan for all of us. Tell him to stay strong and send him my well wishes.”
I played the message for Jack and his parents. While I couldn’t see it being 3,000 miles away, I could hear the joy and excitement in their voices.
Jack is out of the hospital now and back home with his mom, dad and two brothers, Kyle and Nick. However, he isn’t out of the woods just yet. Jack continues to deal with Crohn’s and will soon start taking Remicade, a medication that is administered intravenously for two to three hours every eight weeks. Due to the fact that the cause of Jack’s illness remains enigmatic, Yale-New Haven Hospital also chose him to be part of a genetic sequencing project to determine if his illness was some sort of genetic mutation.
This brave little boy might not throw a football 70 yards on the fly, run a 4.2 forty or score touchdowns on Sundays during the fall–who knows, maybe someday he will–but one thing is for sure: in the football field of life and with the support of his family, friends and the Cowboys, Jack is definitely an MVP.
Hate hearing about kids battling illness. Very sad, but rooting for the best for Jack and his family in the future.