Philadelphia Eagles CHOP MVP
The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to partner with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to recognize some special MVPs. These children have faced complex conditions, persevering through surgeries, symptoms, and challenges, all with the help from compassionate healthcare professionals at CHOP. We continue to cheer them on throughout the season by sharing their inspiring stories of strength and resiliency.
After suffering a traumatic brain injury when he was just a newborn, Colton was diagnosed with epilepsy, cerebral palsy and visual impairment caused by the damage to his brain. Following a successful brain surgery at CHOP, 5-year-old Colton is now seizure free.
As a toddler, Asher was diagnosed with sickle cell disease, a painful, debilitating condition. For years, he suffered through multiple hospitalizations and monthly blood transfusions. When he was 13, his family came to CHOP to explore the curative therapy of a bone marrow transplant.
Jack | Eagles vs. Washington
Jack, a triplet, only weighed 3.2 pounds at birth and spent 23 days in the NICU at CHOP. Growing up, he experienced multiple developments and speech delays. Fortunately, he was able to participate in special programs along the way to assist him, including the CHOP Special Babies Clinic. At age 12, he was diagnosed with Autism, but thanks to the doctors and resources at CHOP, he has been able to develop the skills he needs to strive. Find out more about Jack's story below.
Raymond | Eagles vs. Seahawks
Raymond was born with a craniofacial difference condition called Hemifacial Microsomia. It was very difficult for him to breathe on his own, and his jaw and airway were some of the tiniest his doctors had ever seen. After he was born, Ray began his life with a two month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and since then has undergone ten surgeries throughout his life. Click here to learn more about Ray's journey and his inspirational message.
Gabriel | Eagles vs. Cowboys
Gabe was born 13 weeks prematurely, weighing only 25 ounces. He battled for the first five months of his life but thanks to his second family, the Neonatal Development Program and Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, at 19 years old, he has far exceeded expectations. Click here to learn more about Gabe's journey and see his charming smile!
Emily | Eagles vs. Giants
At 20 weeks, an ultrasound showed that Emily had sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT), a tumor located at the base of her tailbone. She was given a 50/50 chance of survival, so her parents turned to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, for help. At 34 weeks, the tumor hemorrhaged, requiring an emergency C-section, causing Emily to lose a lot of blood. The next day, the tumor, which weighed more than two pounds – a third of her birth weight - was removed via surgery. Click here to find out how far Emily has come!
Jayant | Eagles vs. Ravens
During a routine 18-week ultrasound, Jayant was diagnosed with the most severe form of spina bifida. The family temporarily relocated from Florida to Philadelphia to undergo fetal surgery to treat the condition while he was still in his mother's womb. After his birth, he only had to spend six days in the NICU and the family was able to return home to Florida for Christmas. Every year, they travel back to CHOP for annual appointments with the neurosurgeon. Click below to learn more about Jayant and his family and how they became lifelong Eagles fans.
Caylin | Eagles vs. Bengals
Shortly after birth, Caylin was diagnosed with sickle cell disease, causing her to have multiple visits to CHOP's Emergency department for sudden fevers and infections. Since the age of 5, she's undergone regular blood transfusions. Her experiences with CHOP have inspired her to pursue a career in the medical field. Click below to learn more about Caylin's story.
Guy | Eagles vs. Rams
After complaining of a sore arm, Guy was sent to CHOP by his pediatrician, where he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right humerus. This required multiple bouts of chemo and surgery. After being in remission, routine scans showed it had returned to his lung. CHOP was quick to remove it and since then, Guy has routine scans every 3 months to monitor it. Through it all, he continues to stay strong. Click below to learn more about Guy's story.