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Darrel Young Plays Santa’s Elf

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 14, 2013 – 4:42 pm

Darrel Young is never too busy to make a difference.

The fullback is a mainstay at community events. On Tuesday he pulled double duty, starting the day off playing quarterback at a Play60 mini-combine before donning a green elf’s hat to deliver letters written to Santa Claus at Macy’s. As part of the 2013 Believe Campaign, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter written and delivered to a local Macy’s store. Macy’s will donate up to $1 million.

When Young arrived at Macy’s, he enjoyed time with children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation who either had a wish granted or are still waiting for a wish to be granted.

For Young, it was just another chance to make a kid smile.

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Help Gabriella’s Make-A-Wish Drive Today

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 15, 2012 – 11:15 am

(Photo provided by Miller family)

(Photo provided by Miller family)

Gabriella Miller is having the fight of her young life.

In November, Gabriella — a local fourth grader — was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since that time, the brave girl has underwent almost-daily rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

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Redskins Make Young Fan’s Wish, Reality

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 13, 2011 – 1:09 pm

TOP LEFT: Susan, Steven, Jordan BOTTOM LEFT: Stacey and Scott

Ever since he could remember, 14-year-old Scott Gringauz has imagined what it’s like to watch his Redskins play a game at FedExField.  To be on the sidelines with his favorite player, Brian Orakpo, and to watch the Burgundy and Gold with the rest of the Redskins faithful.

But that’s a little tough when you grow up in Parkland, Fla., a distant southern outpost in Redskins Nation.

Up until Sunday, it was only a wish.  But with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Washington Redskins, Scott’s Sunday was a dream come true.

Scott was born with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines.  He is also allergic to all nuts, all fish and sesame seeds.  But on Sunday, he was just a football fan ready to watch his favorite team play.

Not only was Scott on the sidelines during the pregame warmup, he was also visited by No. 98.  Kneeling down to sign Scott’s football, Orakpo told him, “Hey man, I’ll see you later.”

Both of Scott’s parents, Susan and Steven, graduated from University of Maryland College Park, which is the derivation of Scott’s fanhood.

“I’m a big Redskins fan,” he said.  “Living in Florida though, I get a lot of crap at school, especially after the Redskins-Dolphins game.” Read more »

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