Brady Throws Passes to Buffalo Kid Holden Miller, Gronk Gives Him 'Sweaty Practice Gloves'
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We bet you never thought you’d be jealous of a 12-year-old kid from Buffalo!
Well now you can be as Holden Miller got to spend the day on the field at Gillette with Gronk and Brady. Yeah, what’s the most exciting thing you did this Monday … whatever it was, it definitely doesn’t compare to that.
As we told you last week, the G.K.O.A.T (greatest kid of all time) got to meet the G.O.A.T. and the Gronk after Rob sent a video personally inviting Holden to Brady’s football clinic on Monday, flying him and his family out to Foxboro with help from the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.
Gronk and Holden have more than just a love of the Patriots in common, as they’re both from Williamsville in Western New York. Thankfully Holden was smart enough to resist falling into the trap of becoming a Bills fan despite being so close to Buffalo (the kid has had enough to deal with in his young life!)
“They talked about growing up in the same town and measured hands!” Holden’s mom Kristin Miller told Gronk Nation, then “Gronk gave him his sweaty practice gloves and played defense on Holden.”
Now that sounds like a dream day – even the sweaty gloves part …
Kristin told us last week that Holden first started to like Gronk because he says “he is nice, not a meanie and is really nice to kids -- this sealed the deal of his true love for Rob.”
Holden was picked to be the guest of honor at the football clinic because of his inspirational strength and resilience during a rollercoaster of challenges in his life. Having been fostered at three years old, his adoption was finalized two years later by his delighted family. Holden was born with a large mass on his left knee that had destroyed his joint and causes pain during excessive activity.
"He's since had 16 surgeries and continues to grow masses in his belly, which need to be removed to ensure they are benign and don’t further damage his organs. He was also born deaf and received cochlear implants in both ears when he was a toddler. Despite the discomfort, he learned to accept them and began to speak when he was six – he can now complete full sentences and even talks in his sleep!
As a result of his multiple surgeries and physical challenges, Holden has not been able to play mainstream sports with his peers. He struggles to keep up with kids his own age but is hoping to play sled hockey this fall, which would give him the opportunity to be part of a team.
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