MACC Fund chief: Driver unselfishly gives outside limelight

CREATED Jan 31, 2013

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  • Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GREEN BAY - Often, athletes and others in the public spotlight do many wonderful things for people in need, and don't have the spotlight shined on them.

According to a story relayed by the head of the MACC Fund, now-retired Packers wide receiver Donald Driver did exactly that one time while flying into Milwaukee.

"Brian Lammi (of Lammi Sports, which represents Driver) picked him up at the airport and said, 'I know this is a lot to ask, but there's a kid who's dying, and he'd love to meet a Packer,' " said John Cary, the executive director of the MACC Fund on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes.

Cary said the child was at Children's Hospital in Wauwatosa.

"(Donald) said he was going up to Appleton to get some pins removed from some surgery he had done, and he said, 'Well, why don't I just stop on my way to Appleton?' "

According to Cary, Donald "then went to Children's Hospital unannounced, no entourage, no security, no nothing, visited the child, missed his doctor's appointment, missed his flight back to Houston, paid $100 charge to re-book the flight, and instead of getting home at 5:00 p.m. in Houston, got home at midnight.

"No one knows about it.  Never has anything been said.  It was just one of those things that good guys like him do...he went out of his way."