During UFC Fight Week, Which Included UFC 189, A Few Big Name UFC Fighters Took The Time To Visit With Some Kids in a REAL FIGHT.
UFC Fight Week is always busy with Events, Parties, Meet & Greets, and a Big Fight at the end of the week, and UFC 189 was a big fight!
In the middle of UFC Fight Week I was contacted by the UFC and asked if I would be interested in covering some of the athletes visiting our local Sunrise Children’s Hospital. For over 25 years I have been an active music volunteer at Hospices all over the world. In all that time, I never saw any children in that environment, it was always adults usually in their late 60’s-80’s. This was a special hospital just for kids.
The UFC Fighters That Visited The Hospital Were, Heather Clark, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Forrest Griffin, Urijah Faber, and Tyron Woodley.
I interviewed Jerom Schmidt fron Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He shared a bit of history about the hospital and what they provide to and for the children. When a group of us were talking with UFC Fighter Urijah Faber, Urijah said: ” When I fight in the UFC cage, it last only 25 minutes and then I go home. These kids here are in a REAL FIGHT, a fight for there life.”
Not all the children wanted to come out of their rooms, but those that did LOVED seeing the fighters, LOVED getting a UFC Shirt, and the fighters LOVED seeing them and talking with them too! Forrest Griffin got down low with these 2 young kids and they had fun, and so did Forrest. Heather Clark, Tyron Woodley and Joanna were all interacting with the kids, as much as could be permitted.
To my surprise, I got a bit emotional and had to step out of the room for a moment. It was a powerful experience and day.
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At the end of the day, it’s not what we do for ourself that matters most, it’s what we do for others and the impact we can make that really counts. Yes these UFC folks are fighters, but they also have HUGE HEARTS!
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