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by: Esteban On  Thursday, September 17, 2015

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On the field, Peyton Manning didn’t look so great last weekend against the Ravens. Off the field, however, Manning was his usual classy self, taking time out of his busy pregame schedule to meet with a huge fan going through an extremely difficult time.

That fan’s name is Kari Bollig. A native of Greenfield, Indiana, just outside Indianapolis, Bollig was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer back in 2011, but after a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation, things were looking really good.

Unfortunately, they did not stay that way. In 2013, doctors discovered that her cancer had metastasized and spread to her bones. Now the cancer is Stage 4 and Bollig is back on chemo. Only this time they’re not hoping to beat the disease. They’re just hoping to slow it down.

That brings us to Manning. With the prognosis looking grim, Bollig decided to write a bunch of letters to people who were important in her life. Most of them were to teachers, family, and friends—people who knew her. But she also wrote to one celebrity.

“I have followed Peyton Manning forever, especially being an Indiana girl,” Bollig told friend and Indy Star columnist Dana Hunsinger Benbow. “I just thought, ‘Well shoot. I’m going to write him a letter and tell him how much he inspires me, not just because he’s a football player, but for what he does off the field. It was very personal. It was very heartfelt and I never thought anything of it other than I wrote it and sent it. I didn’t even know he would get it.”

Of course, Peyton Manning did get the letter. So he told the Broncos to bring Bollig and her husband to Denver so he could meet her, which they did. And last weekend, Kari Bollig and her husband and nephew spent two days at Mile High, getting tours of the facilities, taking in the home opener against the Ravens, and meeting Peyton Manning.

Bollig couldn’t spend too much time with Manning, as he had a game to prepare for. But they had a chat and posed for a photo. And afterward Manning leaned in, gave Bollig a hug and said, “Keep fighting, Kari. I’ll be praying for you.”

Classy as always.

Hat TIp – [Indy Star]