Tom Brady sends uplifting message to high school football coach suffering from cancer

The Patriots star offered support to the high school football coach.

ByABC News
December 1, 2017, 6:09 AM

— -- New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady sent a heartfelt video message to a beloved high school football coach suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Derek Yancik, a football coach at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, Massachusetts, has missed most of his undefeated team’s games since he was diagnosed with cancer after Thanksgiving last year, The Associated Press reported.

Zack Snyder, one of Yancik’s football players, reached out to Brady on Facebook asking him to make his coach’s “dream come true” of meeting Brady.

“We know he doesn’t have much to look forward these days. But he always does anything he can to help us reach our dreams. And I’m reaching out to you, to try to help him meet his dream of meeting you,” Snyder said.

In the message, Snyder also says that the BVT football team is headed to their Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 2, and proposed that Yancik and Brady meet there.

Brady replied with a video message to Coach Yancik saying, “What’s up Coach Yancik? We’re thinking about you. I know what you’re going through.”

Cancer hits close to home for Brady, whose mother Galynn Brady was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

Brady said he unfortunately would not be able to meet Yancik this weekend as he’s travelling with the Patriots to Buffalo, but wished the team all the best.

“It brought a tear to my eye,” Yancik told Boston 25.

The rest of the BVT football team was excited over the video as well, with the team’s quarterback telling WHDH, “He’s the man. For someone like that to take time out of his day to just send a simple message, it meant a lot.”

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