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REDSKINS LINEBACKER RYAN KERRIGAN SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO SERIOUSLY ILL, SPECIAL NEEDS AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN
Posted By:  Sean Cox
Thursday, December 10, 2015

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WASHINGTON, DC – (December 8, 2015) –
Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan understands there are kids in the community who are facing enormous challenges. That is why he has been spreading holiday cheer to seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children in the DC area. On Monday, Kerrigan visited patients at Children's National Medical Center and hosted children from Inova for an interactive, event filled evening.

 “We want to provide opportunities, support and resources to those in need,“ said Kerrigan. “I have a cousin who is autistic, so I’ve seen first hand the struggles that not only he can face, but the struggles that our family can face.”

blog Kerrigan spent the entire morning traveling from room to room, at Children’s National, to spend time with kids who are spending the holiday season in the hospital. To Kerrigan, it is important for those kids to experience this season just like everyone else and that is why he created Ryan’s Reindeer Rush, three years ago. During this year’s visit, he passed out autographed footballs, pictures, Build-A-Bears and bags of Redskins goodies.

In the evening, Kerrigan hosted children from Inova at Redskins Park for holiday activities and to continue Ryan’s Reindeer Rush outreach. Children enjoyed pizza, courtesy of Papa John's, while coloring and playing with activity books, courtesy of Highlights for Children. Ryan Kerrigan and the kids participated in Build-A-Bear heart ceremony where children will be able to bring their bears to life.

Surprising everyone, Redskins President Bruce Allen stopped by to present Kerrigan with his 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award trophy. He encouraged all of the kids to look up to Kerrigan as a role model for how hard he works and the differences he makes in the lives of those around him.

Next week, in conjunction with Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation, Safeway will be providing care packages to families in need at a third local hospital. The care packages will include everything needed for a family to create their own, special holiday meal and activities for children, courtesy of Highlights for Children.

In addition to our previously mentioned partners, SunTrust Bank and Thompson Creek Window Company have generously supported the efforts of Ryan’ Reindeer Rush.

Read about Ryan's Reindeer Rush Part Three, here: http://www.ryankerrigan.org/blogpost.aspx?ID=1036
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