Why I'm a Bandwagon Carolina Panthers Fan (Yes, I'm One for Good Reason)

By Julia Fisher

"I’ll proudly admit, I’m a bandwagon Carolina Panthers fan. But I think we’d all agree I have good reason to be pulling for the Panthers and tight end Greg Olsen.

He’s not just a Pro Bowl, Super Bowl-bound professional football player. He’s not just a nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He’s not just a loving father. He’s not just the parent of a child born with a rare heart defect who has navigated the health care system treatment after treatment. He’s not just the founder of a nonprofit organization, Receptions For Research (R4R): The Greg Olsen Foundation, that provides resources to enhance the lives of those affected by cancer and cardiovascular diseases or disorders.

Greg Olsen is also someone who understands something as simple as holding up a scarf in support of another child and family facing medical crisis can make a world of a difference, if even for just a moment. That this show of support can bring a smile, warm the heart, and help make you feel like you are not alone, but on a team."

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