Titans GM won’t be denied in bidding for art his diabetic daughter helped create
Fighting for the cure took another meaning at this year’s JDRF fundraiser.
On a night full of donations and auctions to raise money to help find a cure for diabetes, the Tennessee Titans general manager made it memorable for those in attendance, and extra special for his daughter.
The last item up for bid at the auction was a painting created by children who have Type 1 diabetes.
Titans GM Jon Robinson was among the bidders observing the unique piece of art that was on display next to his daughter. That’s because Robinson’s daughter was among those who created the painting, as she is a diabetic herself.
The painting called “Dreams of the Future” had many of the children’s dreams on display. One said, “I hope no other child has to deal with this disease.” Another wants “to live in a really big house with a pool and 3 dogs with a loving family.” One even read, “I want to be able to say I HAD diabetes.”
Robinson’s 11-year-old daughter Taylor waited patiently as the bidding slowed at $4,000, but when a better bid came in, she witnessed her father start to stroll up to the stage.
The Titans GM held his bidding card up for all to see and he wouldn’t put it down as he walked on the stage to hug his daughter. He would not be denied the piece of art his daughter helped create, and when he finally won the item for $10,000, they remained in each other’s arms crying.
A special moment between a father and daughter gave way to a standing ovation by the crowd.
Watch the scene unfold here.
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