At just 13 years old, Mo Gaba has dealt with more hardships than many of us will experience in a lifetime.
Not only has this little warrior been blind since he was nine months old — he’s also beaten cancer three times. But Mo isn’t defined by his health; he shares plenty of the same interests as other kids his age. For example, he’s a huge Baltimore Ravens fan.
Mo loves the NFL team so much, in fact, that he regularly discusses them on the local radio show Justin, Scott and Spiegel 98 Rock Morning Show. That and a news story featuring Mo’s bond with a resource officer at his school is how he first appeared on the Ravens’ radar. And when the team heard Mo’s cancer came back for a fourth time, they knew they had to do something for him.
“When we learned about Mo and his journey, we immediately wanted to welcome him in to our team,” coach John Harbaugh said. “This young man has encountered his share of life’s hurdles, and he attacks each day with positivity and grace. His outlook on life is infectious.”
The team sent their mascot, Poe, to a fundraiser for Mo in March, but they wanted to do more. Then they came up with the perfect idea: the Ravens draft fest was coming up on April 27, and they could include Mo in the announcement! With that settled, John arranged to call the radio station while Mo was on air. The teen couldn’t believe it when he heard John was on the line.
“We heard about this guy named Mo that has incredible insights into the Ravens and what we do and how good we’re gonna be and we heard he’s one of our very biggest fans,” John said. “We’re inviting Mo to announce our fourth round draft pick at our draft fest event at the Inner Harbor.”
“What? Really? I’ve never done that before,” Mo said, clearly stunned and excited. “I’d like to do that, yeah.” Check out Mo’s adorable reaction in the clip below.
Meet our friend, Mo.
Mo will become the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick in Braille. pic.twitter.com/5nMPpifA8t
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 24, 2019
Not only did John promise Mo the royal treatment at the event, but he told the 13-year-old he’d be the first person to read an NFL draft pick in Braille!
And when the big day finally rolled around, it definitely didn’t disappoint. Mo had such a great time meeting the players and getting up close and personal with Poe.
But the most memorable moment was when he made history reading the fourth round pick. Watch his exciting announcement below.
From the war room as Mo Gaba becomes the first person to announce a NFL draft pick via Braille 💜 pic.twitter.com/ZDhgLRdIul
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 27, 2019
While Mo still has an uphill battle ahead of him, he’ll always have this memory to look back on when he needs some positivity. Taking this kid’s mind off of something as devastating as cancer was such a kind thing for the team to do. Great job, Ravens!
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