We’d like to introduce you to Aiden Lipscomb, a fun-loving, energetic, yet sometimes expectedly shy, animated three year old from Northern Virginia. He’s still just a toddler but his heart is full of life and just like the rest of us bleeds burgundy and gold!
He claims to be your number one Redskins fan something that after reminiscing on the afternoon spent with Aiden is hard to argue.
His Dad, Chris Lipscomb, grew up in a Redskins family located in Alexandria, Virginia, while his Mom, Leslie Lipscomb, was raised in nearby Clifton, so there was never any doubt in their minds that their little boy Aiden would grow up singing ‘Hail to the Redskins!’ – his favorite song by the way.
When asked about his favorite Redskins player without hesitation he answered smiling, “Chris Cooley.” His answer was fitting seeing as his #47 jersey was the shirt that he decided to sport on his dream tour of Redskins Park.
What you would never be able to tell without knowing his story is that at just five months old Aiden was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), an aggressive type of muscle cancer.
But as he trotted from room to room, one thing was for certain, no moment was too big for this youngster. Nothing could nor would stand in the way of today’s joyous day as he explored the halls of the Redskins Training Facility. The moments, including an unexpected encounter with quarterback Robert Griffin III in the team’s video room, did not faze the young man.
He did not stand in shock or awe in the presence of the second overall pick. He did not quiver at the sight of the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Instead he did what any kid on the playground would do, offered Griffin III a high-five. Immediately, it became apparent that “Iron Aiden”, as his family likes to call him, was not afraid of the big stage.
In fact, it was endearingly clear he shared the same qualities of determination and fight as the rookie quarterback who just a few months ago carried the Redskins on his back to the team’s first NFC East Championship since 1999.
When all was said and done, it’s fair to say that Aiden bestowed a quality of appreciation upon all of us who were able to be on hand today to witness his ‘dream’ day.
Following the tour, we asked Aiden’s parents what this day means to them and their family. “This is something more than anybody could ever ask for, it’s amazing”, said Chris. “He may not recognize it now, but when [Aiden] grows up it will be a cool sight for him to look back on”, something he’ll never forget.
As far as Aiden’s health is concerned, his Mom Leslie assured us that “He’s been in remission now a little over a year and a half and he’s doing great. He’s thriving and we have a bunch of ‘Rally for Aiden’ supporters” that have been a tremendous support group for the family.
She added, “[Today’s] just a really nice opportunity. And after having gone through everything that we went through for so long it’s just really nice to find moments that are inspiring.”
You see, oftentimes as adults we get caught up and lose sight of what’s really important, the simple things; however, kids seem to have the innate ability to simplify life’s complexities and appreciate the pure joy that it can bring.
That’s exactly how Aiden approached his visit. He valued every second he got to spend around his favorite team.
So how long has the Lipscomb Family been Redskins fans? “It’s in our blood”, uttered Chris.
We’re not sure if today will ultimately have an impact on Aiden’s life, but it certainly had an impact on the lives that he touched around Ashburn’s practice facility. For that we say welcome to the Redskins family, Aiden. HTTR!
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