Patients, families and staff gathered together at the hospital main campus today to raise the 12th Man flag and cheer on the Seattle Seahawks.

Patients, families and staff gathered together at the hospital main campus today to raise the 12th Man flag and cheer on the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle Children’s has received incredible support from the Seattle Seahawks. Not only does quarterback Russell Wilson make weekly visits to our patients and families, but many other Seahawk players, the Sea Gals and even the Seahawks’ mascot Blitz have spread joy throughout the hospital!

To celebrate the Seahawks’ return to the Super Bowl, Seattle Children’s patients, families and hospital staff showed their Seahawks pride today by coming together in their brightest and bluest attire and raising the 12th Man Flag outside the hospital’s main campus.

“We got to meet Russell and many of the other Seahawks over Christmas,” said Katie O’Day. Her 7-year-old daughter Kennedy is currently receiving cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s and helped raise the 12th Man flag today. “One player even hung out and played video games with her for a half hour! It’s was so amazing that they took the time to brighten up her day. It made coming in for chemotherapy much easier!”

Besides making weekly visits to the hospital on Blue Tuesday, Wilson is also the team captain of Strong Against Cancer, a fundraising campaign to support cancer immunotherapy at Seattle Children’s.

“I’m so grateful that Russell is helping to increase awareness of Strong Against Cancer and cancer immunotherapy all around the country,” said Meagan Mullanix, a 23-year-old cancer survivor who was treated with T cell immunotherapy at Seattle Children’s. “With his help, I believe more people, like myself, will be healed.”

No doubt, Seattle Children’s will be rooting for the Seahawks on Super Bowl Sunday! But no matter the game outcome, we will always cheer “Go Hawks!”

Thank you to FiveLo for donating arm sox and hats to patients and to the Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop for donating our 12th Man flag!

See more photos from today’s Blue Tuesday celebration in our Flickr gallery

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