This is the type of tear-jerker story that draws us closer to our idols, and reveals the human side of larger-than-life athletes.
Ten-month old Erik Ortiz Cruz suffers from cortical dysplasia — a brain abnormality that can cause up to 30 seizures each day — and his family has been desperately looking for help.
Without brain surgery, Erik’s seizures can only worsen and lead to more developmental problems in the future. With one, Erik could win a second chance at life. But the operation costs $83,000 alone, necessary follow-up tests an additional $8,000+ each. Attempts to raise money by Erik’s family haven’t nearly been enough to cover the costs.
Running out of options, a Cruz family friend reportedly reached out to Cristiano Ronaldo, asking if he could donate some signed jerseys or boots to auction off. Not only did Ronaldo happily agree to the donations after hearing of Erik’s plight, he pledged to pay the entire sum of his medical costs and visit the young Merengue in the hospital!
— SocialRMadrid (@SocialRMadrid)March 11, 2014
Ronaldo may have plenty of haters in the world, but he just won another fan for life.
Editor’s note: For more information on epilepsy and how you can help, please visit Purple Day, a world-wide organization dedicated to epilepsy awareness.