When the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled Gabriel Aljalian’s dream of playing football with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady was supposed to make the 6-year-old’s day. Instead, Gabriel made Brady’s.
Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, but he fortunately beat it. Now, Gabriel turned the anniversary of his diagnosis, Nov. 3, into “Gabriel’s Day of Kindness,” during which the Watertown, Mass., boy asks people to join him in performing random acts of kindness. This year, Gabriel gave gifts to kids at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Center, but he also had something for Brady.
Gabriel spent Saturday at Gillette Stadium with 10 other Make-A-Wish kids, walking on the field, getting personalized jerseys and participating in some other day-to-day activities of the Patriots. But when Gabriel got the chance to play some football with Brady, he gave the quarterback a card explaining “Gabriel’s Day of Kindness” and $10 he received earlier in the week.
Brady was moved by Gabriel’s gesture and and asked for a hug.
Brady kept his $10 gift and hopefully will treasure it. And before you try to find something wrong with Brady keeping the money, the “Gabriel’s Day of Kindness” Facebook page assured “Gabriel would have been heartbroken otherwise.”