This is one of the greatest videos I’ve ever posted.
But before you watch, be warned: Get some Kleenex.
In 2017, “06880” reported on the great work of Mat Jacowleff. The 2015 Staples High School graduate — then a Northeastern University junior — encouraged dozens of his Delta Tau Delta fraternity brothers to donate hundreds of pints of blood to Boston Children’s Hospital.
He was inspired by Evan Sheiber, a Westport boy born with only one pumping chamber in his heart. Mat then went an extra several miles, delivering over 100 cards of encouragement to Evan as he prepared for his 2nd open heart surgery.
Evan is now almost 3. Once again, he faces open heart surgery. This one’s on Tuesday.
This time, Mat made a video for Evan.
And he didn’t just say, “I’m rooting for you, kid.”
Mat filmed dozens of folks cheering Evan on. His fraternity brothers are here. So are sorority sisters, Northeastern hockey players, Staples football players, Coast Guard Academy lacrosse men and Middlebury College lacrosse women.
There’s also a nice shout out from the folks at Boston Children’s Hospital, who run the “I Give Pints for Half-Pints” blood donor campaign.
Interspersed throughout are images of Evan himself. It’s just the thing a 4-year-old will love.
His parents love it too. Evan’s mom Britt says, “I have never sobbed and laughed simultaneously before in my life. Evan and his siblings keep watching it on repeat. This means so much to him.”
It’s 3 minutes of pure joy. Click below — and have that Kleenex handy.
PS: Speaking of joy: JoyRide Westport recently sponsored their 3rd annual Cycle for Heart fundraiser. Like Mat Jacowleff, they’re all heart.
Click here to learn more about the FORCE Fund (formerly known as Evan’s Heart Fund), which directly impacts the lives of everyone like Evan living with a single ventricle.