Darran Dunlap got a special surprise in the mail before Ohio State took on Illinois on Saturday.
Pittsburgh radio host Colin Dunlap’s daughter opened a package from Ohio State’s linebackers, complete with a shirt, bumper sticker and two personalized messages.
People continue to amaze us. We have no allegiance or connection to Ohio State football — and this package came for Darran today. What class. They just gained some fans. pic.twitter.com/1L2Dn155r8
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) November 18, 2017
The package included two personalized notes, one from the linebackers:
Darran, You Are A Rockstar! Never stop fighting!
From The Ohio State Linebackers #LBU
And another from assistant linebackers coach Ryan Crow:
You are an inspiration to us all! I admire your continuous joy and persistence, even through some tough days! Always remember to listen to your parents… they will never lead you wrong :). Attack each day with focus and energy! You are awesome!
…And you are officially a BUCKEYE!
Welcome to the family!
-Coach Ryan Crow
Asst. LB coach
Colin Dunlap wrote more about his daughter’s diagnosis in November 2016:
There’s no need to draw it out or bore you with the details, I’ll just shoot it straight. Our 5-year-old daughter Darran was diagnosed with cancer last week.
She went to Children’s Hospital complaining of hip pain; they told us she has leukemia.
It isn’t ideal, but all we can do is push through the chemotherapy she’s already started, wake each day to fight the one in front of us, be positive and press on.
Then we repeat the next day until we beat this.
And we will.
I’m certain we will.
Ohio State reached out of its usual footprint to help someone with no connection to the team. Dunlap’s bio says he grew up in Pennsylvania, attended West Virginia University and returned home to cover Pittsburgh sports.
Well done, Buckeyes.