By Mike Max

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Chad Greenway plays for the Minnesota Vikings, and on the field is where he wants to be. Thus, he prepares this summer as if training camp will come as usual, despite the NFL lockout.

“I’ve prepared for this season like any other normal season so far,” Greenway said.

On Sunday, however, something else took priority over his training: his foundation.

Greenway hosted a luncheon and gave gifts to mothers whose children are terminally or critically ill. His foundation is called Tend Her Heart.

“I teared up almost every time the moms spoke,” said Greenway’s wife, Jenny. “I feel that they are so much stronger than I could ever be if I were in that situation.”

Claire Braun knows all about the hardships of being a mom who has to care for a suffering child. Her family has taken in 73 kids with disabilities as foster children, and she has seen some of the worst things life can bring. Yet her message to mothers at Sunday’s event was to get the most out of life.

“While you are in the middle of that struggle, you also have to make sure that you save time for life,” she said. “Because you don’t know how long a child has to live … and if you put no joy or fun into living than the child has nothing to look forward to.”

Greenway said that mothers like Braun make him respect the fact that his wife and two children are healthy and safe.


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