Though the NFL's offseason has begun, Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski knows there is no 'offseason' when it comes to being sick. On Feb. 16, Gostkowski visited pediatric patients at Children's Hospital Boston, reminding each of them that he and the Patriots are cheering for them during their recovery.
Gostkowski started his visit by joining a panel on the hospital's Mid-Week Morning Show, a live show which takes place in front of an audience of pediatric patients and is broadcasted to each room in the hospital. The panel interviewed him, asking him about his experiences of being a patient as well as advice he had for the patients who were receiving treatment that day.
Later, Gostkowski visited pediatric patients who could not attend the morning show, giving away autographed team photos and taking pictures with patients and their families in their rooms.
Throughout the 2010 season Gostkowski and P Zoltan Mesko served as representatives for the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's "Kick Cancer" campaign, which aimed to increase early detection and raise cancer awareness. In cooperation with Mass General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute- the founding hospitals of Partner's Healthcare- and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Patriots' home games raised awareness for different types of cancers. The campaign also included public service announcements from players including LB Gary Guyton, LB Rob Ninkovich, RB Kevin Faulk and RB Fred Taylor.