I will be running in my undies this February so kids like my cousin Blake can grow up happy and healthy.
My name is Nick Folk. I have been playing in the NFL for eight years and have met some of the strongest people, both mentally and physically. Playing in the NFL, you hope for teammates who are hard working, give their all, but most importantly act as a team player. My cousin, Blake Robinson, is right up there as one of the strongest people I know. His qualities sum up what any professional sports team would look for in a player leading the team out of the tunnel.
Blake has overcome more obstacles by the age of 14 than most people will by the time they are 50. Having been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis at the age of one, and having had ten brain surgeries since then, Blake has been challenged both mentally and physically. What makes Blake stand out from the others, is he never complains, but thinks of each setback as a learning experience. He may have to always live with this obstacle, but neurofibromatosis will NOT, and does NOT, define his person. Blake is so much more.
If you ask Blake what he dreams of doing one day, be prepared for an in-depth answer. He has goals and dreams, which would bypass most adults. Whether it be whipping up gourmet recipes for family dinner parties, painting pictures for charity auctions, or just picking up a new sport, Blake is always setting goals and looking to the future. As a teenager my focus was always on what new sport I could try. Blake’s is how can I give my time and effort to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation to help find a cure. These are qualities I deem most important to get through life's daily battles.
One of Blake’s greatest qualities is his infectious smile which brightens up a room. No matter the situation he always has a huge toothy grin (even when getting in trouble.) I think any school would be lucky to have Blake as a student. He will bring so much more than just good grades to your school. I know my cousin will attack high school just like any other big obstacle, with a big smile, fierce determination, and a strong desire to succeed.
Together, we can be the difference in the lives of children like Blake and help #endNF.
Benefitting the Children's Tumor Foundation
CTF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization rated 4-stars by Charity Navigator and priding itself on spending 82.4% of its revenue on program expenses and less than 8% on administrative costs.