My dream is to have a fun day with my sports hero, Thomas Davis!
Samuel Parker is 15-year-old teenager from Monroe, NC. Sam loves bike riding, football, and learning from the internet. He has an interest in learning how things fly and wants to be an aerospace engineer when he grows up!
Last year, Sam was hit with something very unexpected and life changing. Sam was admitted to Levine Children’s Hospital with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, a life threatening condition. Shortly after he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Sam’s diagnosis has completely changed his life as he is learning to cope daily with his chronic condition. Sam now checks his blood sugar about 5 times a day and will have to take at least 5 insulin shots every day for the rest of his life. He has shown great determination and tenacity in the process!
His Sports Dream: Sam loves all sports, especially football! He is a big Chicago Bears fan, and when he was diagnosed he learned that QB Jay Cutler also has T1D, and he became Sam’s sports hero! On July 17th, we flew Sam and his family to Nashville to meet Jay Cutler! After arriving in Nashville, Sam and his family were able to attend a private meet and greet with this year’s American Idols Tour members! This was followed by a delicious dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Special thanks to The Hard Rock Cafe for providing meals for Sam and his family, as well as a shopping spree! After dinner we headed back to Ryman Auditorium to watch our new American Idol friends perform.
The next day was Dream day! After arriving at The Jay Cutler Foundation’s Inspirato event, Cutler came over to meet Sam and his family. Sam and Cutler were able to have some incredible one-on-one time, talking about football and the challenges & triumphs of living with Type 1 Diabetes. Sam was then able to join other boys with T1 Diabetes at the Inspirato camp, where they participated in several football workshops with Cutler.
There are several people and organizations we would like to thank for making this Dream Experience possible:
The Jay Cutler Foundation, Jay Cutler, The Holiday Inn – Nashville, Taco Mac of South Park, American Idol, Mark Leinweaver, Hard Rock Cafe- Nashville, Donald Wilson, Grant Maginnis Photography