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The girl who gave Russell Wilson a wallet – and got a new heart

SEATTLE — Every week, there’s a moment Russell Wilson calls “The Best.”

“The second best is winning,” Wilson says.

The first?

The time he and his wife, Ashton, spend every Tuesday with patients and their families at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

wilson“I’m signing each one of these pictures, so that way, when I see the kids, they can have something to hold onto and just give them a little gift when I see them,” Wilson said.

But it was gift from a patient that’s touched him the most — a wallet made solely of duct tape that’s one of a kind.

“Nobody else in Seattle has this wallet – so it makes it special,” Wilson said.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11-year-old patient Allison Christensen gave Russell the homemade wallet. The very next day, a heart donor was found for Allison.

“I think he was just the lucky charm, too, for Allison getting a heart,” said Jovelyn Christensen, Allison’s mother.

Two days after Allison underwent successful heart transplant surgery, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 17-point comeback win in Houston – and was quick to make the connection.

“I think she definitely was a good luck charm,” Wilson said.

Just a week after meeting one of his biggest fans who needed a heart, Wilson was back in Allison’s room this week – her new heart beating faster, his good-luck wallet in tow.

“You know, we believe in miracles, we believe in things happening, like Allison getting the heart the day after I got to see her, I mean, that’s pretty awesome, that’s a special moment,” Wilson said. “So, to be able to share that moment in a picture goes a long way.”

It’s a moment they’ll never forget — a moment that even trumps winning on Wilson’s list.

“It’s really special to them, but it’s really special to me,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if they realize how much it means to me more than anything. So it definitely makes my week.”

A week that began with an empty homemade wallet – and ended with two strong, healthy hearts.

“I just get really happy and starstruck, I guess,” Allison said. “Because I can’t believe still when he comes here, he’s actually here! I just felt a lot better because I just love him so much! So, yeah, it was pretty cool seeing him again.”

To make a donation to help cover Allison’s medical expenses, go to the fundraising website here.

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  • Troy Dishman

    Incredible young man Mr Wilson is….to give his time every week especially during a grueling NFL season for these children is incredible. When you hear him speak you can tell how intelligent and humble he is. To think that last year our back up Matt Flynn was making more than 10 times the amount of money than Russell is ridiculous. When year 4 comes and it is time to pay our franchise quarterback, it better get done.

    The fact that he is the leader of this team speaks volumes on where this franchise is going. Incredible work ethic and passion for life. If athletes were half as humble and mature as Russell there would be so many more solid role models for the next generation of americans that look up these athletes. What a jewel for our team and more importantly the community. To get him in the third round while paying him diddly in the context of the NFL is crazy. Griffey was a role model for so many in this community but was a big time primadona. This guy gets it. He gets the role that he has and portrays it so well. The best part is it is not an act or a front, he is genuine. It is privilege to cheer for a team and a organization with its leader being this man. We struck gold, no we struck a platinum wrapped diamond. Thank you Russell Wilson for the time you put into this community, we are all so proud of you.

    BTW, Alison it is fantastic to hear that you got a new heart. Im truly happy for you and your loved ones. Never lose your smile.


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