Dec. 10, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
One of the best parts about working in college athletics is seeing the joy that the Wolf Pack provides to our fans. You can see it on their faces after a big win and in their body language when they proudly sport the Silver and Blue around town.
And some days are made even better when you get an email like the one we recently received from Glen Thorne about his son, Brayden.
Brayden is three and a half years old and has a rare form of hydronephrosis. He has had six kidney surgeries, including four this year. He loves hockey and football and became an avid Wolf Pack fan when his dad took him and his older brother to see the Wolf Pack football team play at Boise State last year.
Glen contacted the Wolf Pack football office this fall and spoke to clerical assistant Paige Pulley because he wanted to do something special for Brayden "to put a smile on his face considering he has had quite a rough time and hasn't been able to do a lot of things because of his illness," Glen said.
Paige and Nevada's administrative assistant, Linda Burkhardt, were able to put together a special day for Brayden that included tickets to the Boise State game, sideline passes and a football signed by many of the players. Brayden also got a chance to "hug some players" after the game as he called it. According to Glen, "even though they just experienced a loss on the football field, they (the players) both were full of smiles and praise for little Brayden."
According to Glen, the Wolf Pack now has a fan for life in Brayden.
"What I asked for originally was if there was something special that the University of Nevada could do for Brayden, specifically meet some of the players and get a few pictures taken. What Paige and her department did went way above my request and transcended just an ordinary game into something amazing for Brayden to remember forever," he said. "Our experience on Saturday will live with my family and Brayden for a long time. I am truly thankful for the efforts of everyone involved, and we as a family - thanks to Brayden - have all become Wolf Pack fans as well."
Thanks to Glen Thorpe for sharing these with us and for introducing us to a great member of the Wolf Pack in his son, Brayden.
Brayden's story made our day and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.