Gabriel Aljalian was diagnosed with cancer on Nov. 3, 2012, at the age of 3, and now the 6-year-old is cancer free and CBS Boston reports he has turned the anniversary of his diagnosis into an annual event focused on spreading positivity, called “Gabriel’s Day of Kindness.”
This year, the young philanthropist was shown some kindness by a very special guest in Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who hung out with Aljalian and threw the football around as part of a meeting organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
After the meeting, Brady got a very special thank you card from his new friend, with a little something extra thrown in, according to the Gabriel’s Day of Kindness Facebook page.
Gabriel wanted to let Tom Brady know about Gabriel's Day of Kindness, so we prepared a small card explaining it. Gabriel also wanted to do something nice for Tom Brady for playing football with him, so he made him a thank you card and decided to give him $10 that someone had very kindly given him earlier in the week (the beauty/innocence of childhood). When we shared the cards with him, and told him that Gabriel wanted to give him his $10, the football great was so surprised, and visibly moved. His response was genuine and kind; he then smiled, leaned down and asked Gabriel to give him a hug.
The post goes on to add that Brady did indeed keep the $10 and that “Gabriel would have been heartbroken” if the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback hadn't accepted his gift.
– Brendan Maloy