Great story about a child's struggle with cancer and the inspiration he gained from his favorite athlete, footballer Eric Abidal. Very moving stuff.
"The only thing I was able to tell my son was, ‘You have in your head the same thing Abidal had in his liver, and tomorrow they will take it out,’ " J. Garcia Serra said. "My son said, ‘Dad get me the shirt of Abidal; I will fight like him and will win my own Champions League.’
"Juan Garcia broke down in tears when he met his idol, which prompted the 32-year-old France international star to present him with an incredible memento.
Abidal took the Rolex Daytona watch from his wrist and presented it to the boy, refusing all attempts to make him take it back."
"It was impossible to get Eric to take the watch back," Garcia Serra wrote. "He told me: ‘It doesn’t matter what this is worth. I want your son to be happy.’
"He embraced all of us and continued his visit to other sick children. I looked at my son, and I will never forget the look of happiness in his face. I’d forgotten what he looked like when he was happy. At night he kept switching on the light to look at the watch’s inscription."
And one more:
'"Abidal told my son: ‘Come, come, brother, I am here to give you courage. I am also fighting against this disease and will set up a foundation that gives joy and helps all the sick children."'
Wow, what a role model.