Jarrius Robertson Brings Awareness to Organ Donations and Earns a Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs
Jarrius Robertson continues to influence and live life to the fullest.
Los Angeles, California — A 15-year-old New Orleans Saints fanatic, Jarrius Roberton, received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2017 ESPYs on Wednesday night.
Over the last three years, Robertson has inspired families around the world to never give up on life, even when it knocks you down. His story is unique because he has already had two liver transplants and more than 12 surgeries while battling with a chronic disease called biliary atresia, according to ABCNews.
In his first transplant, Robertson was in a coma for several days at a time, so his family allowed the doctor to take him off life support, thinking he was going to die. However, Robertson showed his strength and determination by fighting for his life. And 13 years later, someone donated their liver to Robertson for his second transplant.
Lately, Robertson and his family have been touring the country raising awareness and accepting contributions for organ donations. Jordy Robertson, his father, told media outlets that his son conceals the pain and encourages others to live their life with no regrets.
Eventually, major sports associations such as the NFL, NBA, and WWE discovered Robertson’s story and invited him to games, press conferences, wrestling matches and award shows, since he is a huge sports fan. The teen was able to speak with some of his favorite athletes, including Drew Brees, Russell Westbrook, John Cena, and much more.
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— Jarrius Robertson (@Jarrius) July 14, 2017
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) July 13, 2017
— Jarrius Robertson (@Jarrius) July 12, 2017
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 12, 2017
Earlier this year, Robertson was cracking jokes and having fun with celebrities and NBA players at the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend. Saints punter Thomas Morestead brought Robertson as a guest to the New Orleans Saints’ facility to watch them practice.
Furthermore, Brees donated over $8,000 to Robertson’s GoFundMe account to help him reach $30,000, according to the Bleacher Report. Also, the Saints’ organization gave over $25,000 to cover Robertson’s medical expenses, according to ESPN’s The Six.
Robertson’s jubilant personality continues to open doors and take him places most people dream to go. When the 15-year-old walked on stage to receive his ESPYs award from WWE superstar John Cena, he had an inspiring acceptance speech.
“Let me get started, don’t give up! Lastly and not least, my family, I want to thank them for being by my side and making all the sacrifices for me to be here now,” said Robertson.