The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation teamed up with Greg DeLine and Abel’s Army at Mizzou’s October 12th homecoming game. Seven-year-old Abel, who is in remission for leukemia, got to spend time with Missy and Coach Pinkel before the game, as well as help with the pregame coin toss.
Alicia Green, Abel’s mom, said they actually met Coach Pinkel for ice cream at Central Dairy in Jefferson City a few days before the game.
“We had a great talk,” Green said. “Abel got to meet Coach and they talked about their similarities and their diseases, and the positive things that have come out of it.”
Before the game, Abel was featured on the Jumbotron at Faurot Field. Coin Toss Sponsor Greg DeLine of DeLine Holdings said it’s uplifting to be able give children these experiences.
“We’re thinking, ‘Well, let’s give a child the opportunity of a lifetime,’” DeLine said. “Just to have Gary participating with that’s just a dream, it’s just a dream come true.”