Twitter campaign gets Adrian Peterson to call cancer-stricken boy


How great was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season?  It was so great that he’s still doing great things, even after the season ended.

Via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, a Twitter campaign launched by friends of a Fairport, New York teenager with cancer resulted in Peterson picking up his phone and placing a call.

“It was just the most amazing thing,” said Diane Calcagno, the mother of 17-year-old Blake Cognata.  “He’s been glowing all night.”

Cognata has been battling since last February Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer that attacks the bones.  “It’s in just about every bone he has,” Blake’s mother said.

On Monday night, Blake’s friends began directing the hastag “#APCallBlake” to Peterson’s Twitter account.  Within 90 minutes, Peterson called him.

“It was on his heart and he just felt he had to do it,” Peterson’s assistant, Chris Brown, told the Democrat & Chronicle.  “If a conversation can bring a little bit of joy, it’s the least Adrian can do.”

“He told Blake not to give up and asked how long he had been sick,” Blake’s mother said.  “Then he told Blake that he had his personal cell number and to call him anytime that he wanted to talk to someone.  He’s a very spiritual man and talked to Blake about his faith.”

The article makes it clear that Blake isn’t doing well.  Here’s hoping that the call from Adrian gives Blake the will to keep fighting.  And if you have a quiet moment today and you’re inclined to say a prayer, remember the boy who is less than a week away from turning 18.

40 responses to “Twitter campaign gets Adrian Peterson to call cancer-stricken boy

  1. I wish there were more stories out there about the good things athletes do and not the dumb stuff… Good on AD for this!

  2. Love stories like this. Kudos for sharing, Mike. Our society needs more feel good stories like this. Sure beats reading about another athlete getting in trouble with the law or something. Tip of the hat to you, AP

  3. AP has shot up astronomically in my book the past few months. Up until recently, the only thing I knew about his personal life is that he allegedly got into a fight with some Houston cops. Turns out hes a great dude, has got a great attitude, and actually cares about his fans. Also he is good at taking a ball and running fast and stuff.

  4. We should hear more of these stories. There are a lot of players who give of their time (Peyton included) that goes unmentioned…the media would rather talk about DUI and Arrests of players.

  5. Good on AP.

    Best wishes to someone who is dealing with something that no kid or their family should have to face.

  6. Truth is, AD does stuff like this all the time – just isnt reported. The guy met a sick fan and gave him his jersey after the game he had his knee shredded for God’s sake!!

  7. Peterson and the Vikings are putting me in a tough spot. They used to be such a pathetic group of jerks that it was just impossible to respect the organization.

    But I have to say that this is a pretty likeable team with some very high character guys. Peterson has been absolutely great for that organization.

  8. We need more stories like this one. It’s bittersweet, but it shows there are people out there who still do the right thing because it’s the right thing. Bravo, AP.

  9. Prayers definitely go out to this young man as well as children everywhere that are forced to grow up too soon battling illnesses. Heartbreaking, but very good of AD to place that call.

  10. Another example of class from AP. History would lead us to believe that an athelete of this calibre would be the most untouchable, egotistical, pompous dickhole that walks the earth. It’s so refreshing to see him proving that wrong. Not even a month ago, AP sent a signed football to another young man in MN who’s life was cut short by cancer. This was a moment of hapiness for a family that was going through absolute hell. Such a simple act, yet some athelete’s think they are above these things. I also agree with the comment earlier that these things happen all the time but go unreported. These things should get reported just as much to show the youth in this country that there is more to being famous than just money, cars, houses, and television. Way to go AP and way to go to all the other “heros” that continue with these types of acts even though they go unnoticed 99% of the time.

  11. I have been a Vikings fan since I was 5. I have admired many players through the years. I have remained a fan through every season, good and bad. But this is such a great story. This is about a human being doing something wonderful, for a fellow human being. Above and beyond football. In a world where a Brian Urlacher says he doesn’t care about the fans of him or his team, it is fantastic to see someone who DOES care. Adrian, you ARE a Class Act. Good luck in the MVP race. You deserve it more than anyone.

  12. As a Minnesota fan that keeps up with AP and the team, the comments above are right — the guy does this stuff all the time. A while back a buddies kids in Eden Prairie were running a lemonade stand as a fund raiser for Haiti relief, and AP was driving by, stopped and bought a snickers bar for $300 and took pics with all the kids. Just a real nice, classy man.

  13. That just goes to show that AP is one of the classiest players in the NFL today. How many players would have done that? It is great to see that AP hasnt lost touch with people. Truely a great story.

  14. this just proves that AP doesn’t care or need all the awards that everyone seems to want to give him. yes he deserves all of the awards but he knows that those awards won’t define him as a man. hats off AP and get well Blake! prayers are on the way!

  15. No wonder the guy is so good… He’s all heart!

    Such a small little thing like a phone call from a person like AP might not mean much to people like you and I. But to such a young person fighting for his life, the words from AP will provide more inspiration than we could ever imagine!

  16. As an AP fan and a Vikings season ticket owner I enjoy hearing these stories.

    My brother-in-law is a 5 year survivor of Ewings Sarcoma so there is hope for Blake! Prayers go out to him!

  17. I always REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wonder who the class A jerk is who has to go down every post on a thread like this and put the “1” thumbs down.

    I mean really. What is bad about this in any way? Or the comments to have good thoughts for the kid?

    Do you just hate people?

  18. 2ruefan says: Jan 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    I always REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wonder who the class A jerk is who has to go down every post on a thread like this and put the “1″ thumbs down.

    I mean really. What is bad about this in any way? Or the comments to have good thoughts for the kid?

    Do you just hate people?


    especially the posts that tell blake to stay strong, and keep up his fight.

    what a display of classlessness.

  19. Prayers of healing for Blake and strength for his friends and family. Heartbreaking to hear about these terrible afflictions.

  20. I live in Rochester and this story has been on all the local news outlets. I’m a diehard Redskins fan but AP may just become my favorite player. Should change the nickname to AC….All Class!

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