Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/8/13
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Petersons willingness to make a difference knows no bounds. The Minnesota Vikings superstar running back did everything he could to lead the team into the playoffs. Monday evening, he was making a difference in another way by calling a cancer-stricken New York teen following a Twitter campaign by the teens friends. According to a report in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Peterson called Blake Cognata, a Fairport, N.Y., high school senior who is in a local hospital with a rare form of cancer, Ewings sarcoma. Peterson called about 90 minutes after Cognatas friends started pushing the APCallBlake hashtag on Twitter. "It was just the most amazing thing," Blake's mother, Diane Calcagno, told the paper about the call. "He's been glowing all night." Cognata, 17, was diagnosed with the disease on Feb. 1, according to the paper, but had a flare-up following chemotherapy in which doctors discovered the cancer had spread. Cognata, a Vikings and Peterson fan, was forced to stop playing football and lacrosse because of the disease. "It's in just about every bone he has," his mother told the paper. Dylan George, a 2011 Fairport High School graduate and now a sophomore at The College at Brockport, started the hashtag to get Peterson to call Cognata. George remembered a similar situation last year in which a hashtag -- TebowCallMatt ended in success after New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow called a car accident victim in Albany. "I was just hoping it would help Blake," George told the paper. According to the paper, Cognata was in a deep sleep induced by pain medication before the call and had a 104 fever. But somehow he was awake when the call came."Blake answered his phone and he was so cute it was like, 'Helllloooo?' " his mother told the paper. "Then he said, 'Can I ask who's calling? For real? Oh, my gosh, I can't believe you called me.'"Once Peterson discovered the effort, he called. "It was on his heart and he just felt he had to do it," Chris Brown, Peterson's assistant, told the paper. "If a conversation can bring a little bit of joy, it's the least Adrian can do." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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