More than 20 Bears players spent their day off Monday visiting sick kids at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
The players delivered teddy bears, blankets, hats and bobblehead dolls to the kids and played games with them during the two-hour visit.
“It was really cool,” said punter Pat O’Donnell. “Some of the kids don’t have any idea who we are and some are huge fans. It’s cool to have both sides of that; teach them a little about football, answer their questions. Some are really into books, video games, things like that. It was cool to show them what we do and encourage them to keep moving forward and stay strong.”
“They’re going through a lot,” said defensive tackle Roy Robertson-Harris. “To be able to [visit] them is big and we have to continue to do that; impact our youth, especially the youth that are sick and dealing with a hard life.”
In addition to O’Donnell and Robertson-Harris, other players who visited the kids included Prince Amukamara, Ben Braunecker, Tyler Bray, Deon Bush, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kyle Fuller, J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted, Ted Larsen, Sam Mustipher, Bilal Nichols, Eddy Pineiro, Dax Raymond, Patrick Scales, Mitchell Trubisky, Cody Whitehair, Nick Williams and Josh Woods.
Bears chairman George H. McCaskey and team vice president Patrick McCaskey also were in attendance.
The Bears players visited the hospital for the third straight year in part to thank the facility for the treatment it provided to Charlotte Rogers, the three-year-old daughter of two Bears employees, assistant athletic trainer Will Rogers and recruiting and training facilitator Kristin Rogers.
Charlotte was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2017 when she was eight months old. She is now in remission and doing well.
“I think [Monday’s visit] was extremely impactful for the guys to get back into the community,” O’Donnell said, “especially seeing Will and what he’s gone through and the struggles that him and his wife have gone through.”
Bears players took time during their day off to visit a local children's hospital.