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Christopher Cox, a senior at Middle Park High School in Granby, Colorado, and an avid Broncos fan, received a special visit during his stay at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Five days before the Broncos’ AFC divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, tight end Vernon Davis, safety Shiloh Keo, guard Robert Myers and offensive tackle Cameron Jefferson stopped to meet a big fan.
In September 2015, Christopher was preparing to apply to colleges when life instantly changed. A stomach ache was followed by blood blisters, which led to discovering Christopher’s platelet count was extremely low. He was rushed to Children’s Colorado and was diagnosed with idiopathic acute aplastic anemia. Christopher’s bone marrow had stopped making new red blood cells, sapping him of oxygen and leaving his body unable to fight infection.
Christopher was scheduled to receive a bone marrow transplant in early February until a donor from Germany needed to back out unexpectedly. Currently, Christopher is waiting for a new donor, but in the meantime, has enjoyed visits from his new friends in the NFL.
"You look at the kid and he's like, 'Wow, this made my day.' You leave, they're smiling," said Vernon. "We probably would never understand it, but when you do things like that, it goes a long way. You can actually change the course of someone's day just by showing up."