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Cowboys brighten days at area children’s hospitals

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory and team mascot Rowdy high-five as they visit with Connor Hedge, 5, and his grandmother Elaine Hampton.
Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory and team mascot Rowdy high-five as they visit with Connor Hedge, 5, and his grandmother Elaine Hampton. Star-Telegram

Cole Beasley walked around Cook Children’s with a bag full of gifts, handing them out and bringing smiles to the children’s faces. For a moment, it didn’t matter what illness or disease they were fighting, or the fact that the Cowboys are enduring a forgettable season.

Days like Wednesday morning help put things in perspective for Beasley and the rest of his teammates who scattered across the Metroplex at various children’s hospitals spreading holiday cheer.

“Being in this position to do this for other people and change other people’s lives is awesome,” Beasley said. “We’ve got to do this as much as possible.”

For Beasley, the hospital visit particularly hits home since he now has a son of his own.

As Beasley said, “Everything kind of hits you more when you’re dad. I find myself crying during animated movies and stuff now. … That just comes with it.”

Left tackle Tyron Smith is also a father, and giving back to the community in these ways is always a welcomed task. Smith said the annual hospital visits is one of the highlights during the season.

“We look forward to it every year,” Smith said. “[We] appreciate how strong they are and how they continue fighting through everything they’re going through.

“It’s always good to put a smile on a kid’s face. Me being a father, I know how important it is to bring a smile to a kid’s face.”

The visits also help put the season in perspective. The Cowboys are still holding out hope that they can reach the postseason in a weak NFC East, but at 3-8 things aren’t looking great.

Asked about the visits putting the season in perspective, center Travis Frederick said: “It does, especially after some of the trials and tribulations we’ve been through this year, it really helps put things in perspective that we’re still playing a game. People have way worse situations than we have. Anything we can use to bring some brightness into their lives is a great thing for us.”

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