5 EYEWITNESS NEWS anchor and the Minnesota Vikings help a family have some much-needed fun

Updated: October 14, 2019 05:56 AM

One family had a great time seeing their first Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday.   

It was all possible because of the Vikings and a member of our 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS team. 


Twelve-year-old Jonathan Hodge of Wells, Minnesota wrote a letter to Vikings star Adam Thielen asking for tickets to take his dad, who's been battling cancer, to a game.

Jonathan also emailed our station looking for help.

Anchor Chris Egert put Jonathan's letter on Facebook, where it went viral.

The Vikings saw it and invited Jonathon's family to the game on Sunday.

"I said we'll crawl up there if we don't get a ride," Dan Hodge said. 

Jonathan's dad, Dan, was diagnosed with lymphoma a decade ago. 

"He starts to say I hope I can see you graduate," Jonathan Hodge said. "I hope I can see your grandkids, but sometimes we think it's not possible, but I still have faith in my dad."

The Vikings also gave the family a football signed by Adam Thielen on a day they will be sure to remember.

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