ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – He went big and he won big. A Roswell firefighter and dad whose daughter is battling cancer asked some big name football players to take part in a challenge as a way to help his daughter and they came through.
About a month ago the Roswell Fire Department called out the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos to take part in the ice bucket challenge.
It’s a challenge popular on social media where people douse themselves in ice cold water and encourage people to donate to causes.
This week, Roswell firefighters heard back from the NFL super stars they challenged.
Superstars like Julius Thomas accepted the ice water challenge in support of Roswell’s very own Kinzie Aldrich.
Kinzie was diagnosed with leukemia last year. She’s undergone numerous surgeries and she spent much of the second grade in a hospital. Her dad is a lieutenant at the local fire department.
In July, his fellow firefighters took the viral ice water challenge to a whole new level, diving into a pool of freezing H20, then calling out pro football teams to participate and donate to help pay for Kinzie’s medical bills.
“It’s amazing to see their support from people of their status I mean they are famous,” said Kinzie’s dad Warren Aldrich.
Thursday, Kinzie, 9, got to see the videos from big name athletes for the first time.
“I’m thankful,” she said.
Kinzie says the support makes her want to fight even harder. Her dad says she’s strong, an inspiration to many just like the men in the videos.
“They still take time out of their day to show support for someone like us in a small little town that’s thousands of miles away its really humbling,” said Aldrich. “It’s amazing to watch it.”
Kinzie is now in remission.
The Roswell Fire Department is putting together a collage of all the videos showcasing the NFL stars.