Teddy & Justin Hartwig
After 12-year-old Teddy had to give up football to undergo treatment, he was very excited to become friends with a former NFL World Champ, Justin. After meeting, Teddy said to Justin, "I'm going to look you right in the eye and tell it to you straight.I don't like the Steelers, but I like you. You're a good guy!"
Working his way to starting in the winning Super Bowl XLIII, Justin is a shining example of how hard work, perseverance, and dedication can help you achieve your dreams. Justin is a certified health coach, and dedicates his time to aiding teen moms in the community. Justin is a perfect fit for our CCChampion community!
Justin explained to Teddy and his family that God has a plan. He said that it might not be what I want it to be, but you have to find the blessings in everything. You have to give it up to God.
Not only is Teddy gaining a relationship with Justin, but Justin's daughter Ellie as well. After meeting for the first time, Ellie threw her arms up and shouted that Teddy is a part of their life now! Their relationship continues to grow as Teddy takes on the role of an older brother figure in Ellie's life.
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"I just have a heart for this kid. I can't stop thinking about Teddy. I don't know if he is in school, but I have wanted to text him all week. I don't put myself on a pedestal, but when someone else does I feel so privileged to be a part of this. Thank you."
- Justin Hartwig