Steelers trio jumps into action to help young girl fighting cancer
A trio of Steelers banded together to help raise money for a young girl fighting leukemia.
Fullback Will Johnson, tight end Matt Spaeth and receiver C.J. Goodwin signed autographs to help raise money for 11-year-old McKenzie Flohr of Grafton, W. Va. Flohr suffers from a rare form of leukemia and medical bills are piling up for her single father.
When Johnson, an alum of West Virginia University, caught word of the family's plight, he stepped into action, enlisting the help of a few teammates. The trio appeared at a local car dealership and raised over $6,000 in just two hours.
Greeting Steelers fans was fun, but it didn't compare to Johnson's meeting with Flohr at Ruby Hospital from a room that overlooks Mountaineer stadium, where Johnson played his college ball.
"She is such a high energy girl. She was in good spirits," Johnson told Steelers.com. "You would never know she was sick. It was great to be able to see her. I was going to stop by on way down, but after her medicine she sleeps a lot. They said she is usually down, but she was full of energy. She is pretty remarkable. To be diagnosed with leukemia and still be smiling and happy as can be, it’s great to see. She didn’t feel bad for herself. I felt good she was in high spirits and the doctor said she was doing well. It was really special."
This is the second great story of Steelers helping out those in need to emerge from this past weekend. On Monday, we told you the story of how Mike Tomlin is helping a Ravens reporter and his wife raise awareness about their leukemia campaign.