Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/21/12
ALLEN PARK, Mich. It probably seemed a little strange when Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford started bidding on the Monday Night Football ticket package that he had donated himself to the University of Michigan Mott Childrens Hospital fund-raiser over the weekend. Change of heart? No, just a big heart. Stafford bought his own ticket package for the Lions-Chicago Bears game on October 22 at Ford Field back for 15,000 and then gave it to the family of a patient at the hospital whom he had met during the events gala dinner. Stafford and his girlfriend, Kelly Hall, wanted to do something special for Faith Falzone and her brother, Will, after spending time with them Saturday night. Faith is undergoing surgery this week, according to the Detroit News. Stafford said he was moved by the familys story and all that theyve gone through, including Faiths health problems. The package includes six tickets to the game, two of which came from ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico, who lives in Ann Arbor and has season tickets for the Lions. It was a great cause, said Stafford, who played in college at Georgia. That hospital does a lot of great things. "Just a great family. I got a chance to sit down and talk with them. They were at my table. I got to talk to Faith and Will; felt like they deserved it. Wills a big-time Lions fan. He said hed love to go to a game once. "I figured it would be a great opportunity to, No. 1, give back, but No. 2, give that family something to look forward to. The annual Mott Children's Hospital event, backed by former Wolverines Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson, raised 1.35 million for the hospital this year and more than 5.5 million over the last six years.
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