Shelley McIntosh, is a Carolina Panthers fan who suffers from cerebral palsy and is unable to speak, but she still found a way to communicate her wish to meet the team’s quarterback Cam Newton and he caught wind of it. According to the Charlotte Observer, Newton met with McIntosh follow a training camp practice to make her dream come true and leave her with a special gift.
Newton kneeled beside McIntosh’s wheelchair and began to untie his cleats. Before her and her family knew it, she received his cleats that he autographed. He also signed a football that the family had brought with them to the practice.
“A soon as he came up to her, he wanted to know her name and we told him her name and he just bent over unlacing his shoes,” McIntosh’s mother Pat said, “and I just thought he’d give her a shoelace and thought, ‘What he’s doing?’”
The family appreciated what Newton had done and they wanted to share the story so that he could receive the attention and appreciation that she felt he deserved.
“I think Cam needs to be given credit because he’s young and fairly new to our team,” Pat said. “And I just think when the guys do that, when they’re tired and come off that field and made that gesture to Shelley, that says so much for his heart.”
There are still people that say how fake Newton’s smile is, but in this case he was a man that showed how great of a guy he is in his heart and the smile was something that lifted the spirits of someone who has never been happier.
Below is an image of Newton and Shelley McIntosh during their meeting, via the Charlotte Observer: