Special Needs Student’s “Get Well” Gift To Injured Athlete Has Internet Bawling.

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Zack and his best friend Kacie Hay met each other at Penn State University.

Zack has special needs, and through a school program called Lifelink, he was matched with Kacie to help him engage in academic programs. The adorable duo takes a fitness walking class together, and while on one of these long saunters, Zack brought up his love for football.


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Zack told Kacie he loves all the athletes at Penn State, but especially football player Torrence Brown.

Recently, Zack and Kacie were walking together when they passed Torrence on the sidewalk. Zack approached to greet him and Torrence heartily shook his fan’s hand. “Ever since then, Torrence has made sure that if he saw Zack he stopped to talk to him,” said Kacie.


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Torrence was dealt a knee injury during a recent game that left him wheelchair-bound for a few weeks. When Zack heard the news he decided to do the sweetest thing and give Torrence a batch of cookies.


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Zack told Kacie about his plans and her mother decided to bake up a dozen chocolate chip goodies so Zack could surprise Torrence with a get well soon gift. “He was so excited to give the cookies and his note to Torrence,” said Kacie. “And when he saw him he ran up to him with a huge smile.”


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Zack ran up to Torrence with his bag of cookies with the biggest smile on his face, then the athlete did the sweetest thing.


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“Torrence actually stood up on his scooter (with a bad knee) to give Zack a big hug and to thank him,” said Kacie. “That’s when I snapped the picture of the two of them together.”

Kacie’s tweet began to go viral and Torrence himself retweeted the heartwarming interaction.


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The twitter-sphere lost their minds and shed a river of tears after seeing the sweet moment… and we can’t blame them one bit.


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It’s awesome to see someone like Torrence go out of his way to make Zack feel special. If we all took the time to help those around us feel loved, this world would change in a hurry.

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