On July 14th, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy was given the chance to team up with the non profit foundation, Lauren’s First and Goal. LFG provides financial support for those suffering from brain tumors and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer.
Trey Hodge is an outgoing 11 year old boy who has been through more trauma then people experience in a lifetime. At the age of 3, Trey was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. At 5, he had to undergo Achilles tendon surgery on both legs and work through countless hours of physical therapy appointments. In May of 2017 his doctor suggested getting a MRI full body scan, which is when they found a cancerous brain tumor. The tumor has been there since birth and it grew as Trey aged, but no symptoms were ever shown. Throughout the next year he spent weeks at the Ronald McDonald house and Nationwide hospital for radiation and recovery fighting for his life.
The battle continues for Trey, but he is doing better! So well, in fact, that he was able to spend a day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy this past week allowing him to just be a kid again. He met high school All-American, Luck McCaffrey, brother of NFL Running Back Christian McCaffrey, toured the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Luke and was even interviewed by CBS Sports. Later on, Trey was able to put on a Hall of Fame jersey and get into a game! On a sweep left play, and his teammates blocking for him, Trey scored his touchdown. All 300 PFHOFA campers rallied around him, asked him for his autograph and to take pictures. He was presented with a game ball signed from all the Academy coaches which consisted of former NFL legends like Rod Woodson. His mom, Tish, was so grateful for the experience and wanted to thank everyone for a day that Trey will remember forever.