Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 5/21/12

You can’t say enough about how good Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is for the city of Detroit. And that doesn’t even consider what he does on the football field.

Over the weekend at a charity fundraiser to benefit the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Stafford donated a Monday Night Football prize that included travel, lodging and six tickets to the Lions-Bears Monday night game on October 22 in Chicago. Then, he turned right around and won the bidding war for the prize, paying $15,000.

Stafford and his long-time girlfriend, Kelly Hall, sat with Faith Falzone, who is having surgery this week, and her brother, Will, at the fundraiser and were touched by the family’s story.

“They have been through so much in the past couple years, and to see how much they all supported each other and faith through their tough times was really inspiring,” Stafford said in a text message to The Detroit News. “I wanted to give them something they could really be excited about and something I know they deserved.”

The fundraiser is put on by three former Michigan football players Charles Woodson, Steve Hutchinson and Brian Griese. The annual weekend event includes a dinner Saturday night and golf outing featuring a number Sunday at the U of M golf course. The three deserve a lot of credit. Woodson has given $2 million of his own money to the hospital, and the fundraising efforts of the three have totaled almost $6 million over the last six years. This year’s weekend raised $1.35 million alone. Mike Tirico, an ESPN analyst and Ann Arbor resident, donated two of the tickets that were a part of Stafford’s Chicago trip. Hutchinson recognized Stafford’s graciousness following his donation: “To have a guy that’s from Georgia get drafted by the Lions and be a very integral part of that team turning their franchise around and then to be able to come to a U-M event that he has no affiliation with and donate $15,000 and buy his own tickets that he donated and then give them to a family whose daughter is going to have surgery in the next couple days here … you couldn’t write a better fictional story if you had to.” I’d say #9 and his lady friend are doing their best to keep it always sunny in Detroit. [Lions QB Matthew Stafford bids $15K on MNF prize, donates it to patient] The Detroit News

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