Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson wasn’t just throwing his money around at a recent charity auction when he placed the winning bid. He was sending an emotional message to his diabetic daughter and everyone who attended the JDRF event a few weeks back.
The organization that assists in trying to find cures for and assisting research for Type 1 diabetes held a charity auction event on April 22 in Nashville and had a banner night of fundraising. It concluded with the final item up for auction: a painting titled “Dreams of the Future” that was created by several children, including Robinson’s daughter, who are living with diabetes.
Bids for the piece were going up quickly — $1,000 at a time — before it stalled at $4,000. But the bidding picked up again, and Robinson held up his No. 486 auction card and, without needing to say a word, let everyone in the room know that he was not about to be outbid. As he walked onto the stage with card held high to join Taylor, his 11-year-old daughter, Robinson tearfully hugged her.
The bidding closed at $10,000, but the moment was a priceless one.
The children who helped create the artwork also wrote out their dreams. One child wished that no other child would have to to deal with the disease. Another wished to live in “a really big house with a pool and three dogs with a loving family.” The final dream read aloud by the auctioneer was from a child who wants “to be able to say I had diabetes.”
Hopefully, Robinson’s bid can help achieve just that. But from the loving embrace they shared on the stage, you got the idea that the Titans’ second-year GM would have gone as high as he needed to win that bid.
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