Patients at Oishei Children’s Hospital got a special visit today from hometown football star Rob Gronkowski and a special donation to the hospital.
The former New England Patriots football player donated $50,000 to the Oishei Children’s Hospital Monday. The donation was made through the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.
“I’ve actually been to the children’s hospital twice, myself, when I was growing up,“ he said. “So, it’s actually really cool to see this new improved upgraded children’s hospital here and giving back to where I was taken care of.“
Funds from the donation will go towards the purchase of an ENT tower. It is a piece of equipment used to help surgeons to see inside someone’s body.
Gronk says he’s happy to be giving back to his hometown and jokingly saying Buffalonians have started to accept him a little bit more since his retirement.
“We were out Saturday night, and they were all giving cheers at our charity event, and everything,“ he said. “It was cool to finally be accepted, once again, where I grew up. So, I decided to come back and start giving back.“
During his visit Gronk, spent time with the patients, taking photos, giving high-fives and signing autographs. He even brought a Superbowl ring to show the kids. He says the ring has 422 diamonds.