Ryan Kerrigan Spreads Holiday Cheer By Hosting Reindeer Rush at Inova Children's Hospital
Posted By:  Madison Conroy
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan hosted his annual Christmas program, Reindeer Rush, on Monday afternoon. As one of the key community outreach programs of Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation, Kerrigan visited Inova Children’s Hospital just outside of Washington, D.C. to bring a special holiday celebration to the young patients staying at the pediatric hospital. Early on in the afternoon, Kerrigan hosted a Christmas party in the activity room adjacent to where his Inova Kerrigan’s Korner entertainment center is located. The party featured festive holiday crafts and activities and pizza courtesy of Paisano’s Pizza. Kerrigan also distributed a Build-A-Bear with a special message recorded inside of it for each young patient.   Following the party, Kerrigan then traveled from room to room to personally visit with the patients. During his visits, Kerrigan spent time talking with the children and their families, and presented each with their own Build-A-Bear gift and autographed football as well.   Washington, D.C. is known for its many pediatric hospitals and, as a result, is home to children who suffer from some of the rarest and most severe forms off illnesses. Sadly, many are forced to spend their entire Christmas season in a hospital room and must go without opening presents and attending Christmas parties. Reindeer Rush allows Kerrigan to provide a memorable and unique holiday experience for these young patients. Oftentimes, a little holiday cheer and the opportunity to spend some time away from the hospital room does more for a seriously ill child’s spirit than anything else.     Reindeer Rush was first launched in 2014 as the inaugural program of Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation. It was developed as a way for Kerrigan to provide much-needed support to children and families during a season when hope and cheer are most valued. Since then, more than 250 individuals have been impacted by Reindeer Rush.  



 
 
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