Thursday night may have been the return of Andy Reid to Philadelphia and the night the Eagles retired Donovan McNabb’s day, but the night belonged to 3-year-old Bryan Maenner.
At his first Eagles game with his father, Richard, Bryan Maenner was there to live – not to die.
That’s because 18 months ago Bryan was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer that causes tumors in his body. Three weeks ago, doctors said there was nothing left they could do. Richard Maenner decided that he wanted his son to attend an Eagles game.
His story, however, made its way through the grapevine to Gayle Jackson, the mother of Eagles wideout DeSean. Gayle Jackson told NBC Philadelphia that she mentioned the story to her son, who helped the Maenners get tickets at the 50-yard line.
Gayle Jackson met with Bryan and Richard Maenner at halftime of the Eagles’ loss to the Chiefs on Thursday night.
"He just blessed me, believe it or not. So I’m the one that received the gift this evening," Jackson said. "That’s why you live to be a blessing to someone else."