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WVU Football Players Visit Patients at Children's Hospital

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Alexis and Terri Orndorff pose for pictures with the WVU Football Players. Alexis and Terri Orndorff pose for pictures with the WVU Football Players.
MORGANTOWN -

WVU players are known for packing the seats at Mylan Puskar Stadium during the football season. They took a day off and took off their pads to make the short walk across the parking lot to bring a much needed smile to kids at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

"We're just here really to give back or just brighten up the kids day, we understand that the kids are going through some hard times and it's always good to just bring them a smile," Isaiah Bruce said.

One of the patients the players visited was Alexis Orndorff. She was receiving a 23 hour chemotherapy treatment.

"Lexi has leukemia, which is blood cancer. And she just started having really weird, weird symptoms. One week it would be a stomach ache and the next it would be an inflamed tendon," said Terri Orndorff, Lexi's mother. "She started getting unexplained bruising and red Petechia, little dots around the bruises, which confirmed in the Emergency Room that it was probably leukemia."

This all started last November. Lexi wasn't feeling very well but the players did provide some comedic relief.

"Whenever my mom came around to take a picture," Lexi explained, "And this guy was sitting in the chair and he was like, 'Oh Gosh I thought you were going to sit on me."

The players visited a number of patients. They handed out Easter baskets and talked with the kids.

The visits aren't the only way the football program helps the families there, proceeds from the annual Gold and Blue spring game go to the hospital.

"The jobs they do as far as having games to support West Virginia Children's Hospital is amazing," said Terri Orndorff. "Because it really does alleviate some of the cost."

Bruce said this isn't the first time he's volunteered to be a part of the visit.

"When I was younger I always wanted to see some NFL players or college players and I never got the chance to do that," Bruce said. "I know how they feel, it must be a huge experience. Who would have thought I would have been that person going down to see them?"

The WVU Gold and Blue game has raised more than $700,000 since it's start in 1984 for the hospital. Don't forget, WVU football is only about five months away.