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Bears players visit children's hospital


More than 30 Bears players spent their day off Monday visiting sick kids at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

"I know the kids enjoy it when we come by; I know for sure I would definitely if I was their age," said tight end Trey Burton. "Just to be able to spend a couple of minutes with them and bring them some joy and some hope, I think it's really cool."

For the second straight year, Bears players delivered teddy bears and blankets to the kids and played games with them during the two-hour visit.

"We just met a boy who was able to ring the bell today; he just finished chemotherapy today," said quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. "To share that memory with him will definitely mean a lot. I know I'll definitely remember that for the rest of my life."

A total of 33 Bears players visited the kids. In addition to Burton and Trubisky, the group included Sam Acho, Dejon Allen, Prince Amukamara, Ben Braunecker, Tyler Bray, Daniel Brown, Jonathan Bullard, Michael Burton, Rashaad Coward, Chase Daniel, Kylie Fitts, Kyle Fuller, Taylor Gabriel, Jordan Howard, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Michael Joseph, Eric Kush, Zach Miller, Jonathan Mincy, Bilal Nichols, Patrick O'Donnell, Cody Parkey, Roy Robertson-Harris, Allen Robinson II, Roquan Smith, Kevin Toliver II, Cody Whitehair, Nick Williams, Javon Wims and Bryan Witzmann.

"You realize that there are a lot of things that are bigger than sports," said Iyiegbuniwe, a Bears rookie who one day hopes to become a pediatrician. "Families go through extremely tough experiences and you kind of see your issues as almost non-existent. Just seeing what those kids go through—we saw kids from three months to 17 years old—it was an eye-opener and showed you what's important in life and how truly blessed we are."

The Bears players visited Lurie Children's Hospital in part to thank the facility for the treatment it has provided to two-year-old daughter of the team's assistant athletic trainer, Will Rogers, and his wife, Kristin. Charlotte Rogers is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Over 30 Chicago Bears players visited with patients and their families at a local children's hospital.