Nate Solder, his wife Lexi and their children Hudson and Charlie made a trip to the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Tuesday morning. They make the trips to and from the hospital for Hudson's treatments as a family, and along the way, their family has grown to include the staff that has watched their family grow with grace since Hudson's diagnosis in 2015.
So when Nate, a Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, found out he would receive two Super Bowl LII tickets to give away however he pleased, he knew exactly where they would go.
Lisa Scherber, Director of Patient and Family Programs at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, thought Nate and his family were just coming in for a typical appointment. Instead, she learned she was going to the Super Bowl.
"Lisa was the first person to come to mind because she's always here. She's always pours out her heart and organizing these incredible events that we've gone to," Nate said. "The amount of balls she has to juggle and the things that she does and the people she impacts is amazing."
In her role for more than 20 years, Lisa organizes activities and trips for patients and their families. She constantly brings smiles to the faces of those who come through the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and she said it was an honor to receive this kind of praise from a family like the Solders.
"It means everything. It just means the world to us when it's the parents that have the praise and thank us," Lisa said. "That's what means everything because we do this because we llove what we do."
Time is running out to vote for Nate as the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year. You have until Jan. 7 to vote using the hashtag: #WPMOYChallenge + Solder.