MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer lifted the spirits of 3-year-old Aria Quinn and others on Monday afternoon.
Aria has neuroblastoma, a rare cancer, and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota.
Zimmer made a surprise visit to the hospital and spent time with Aria, sitting on the floor of a room while she played with a Vikings stuffed animal.
“She was very sweet,” Zimmer told Vikings.com. “She had an IV plugged into her.”
A Twitter account for Aria posted about the interaction Monday:
Aria was one of multiple patients Zimmer spent time with Monday, a day after the Vikings earned their second win of the preseason.
“We handed out toys and stuffed animals and footballs and helmets and Vikings checkers games,” Zimmer added. “We’re trying to let them know we care.
“A lot of them watched the game last night, so that was good,” Zimmer added.
A GoFundMe page for Aria can be found here.
Zimmer also recently hosted a brain cancer patient at a recent training camp practice and had him break the post-practice huddle.