By Brian Tinsman

WASHINGTON — If the last 18 months have proven anything, it’s that the Internet can be a very dark, unsettling reflection of humanity. But it can also bring out the best of it.

On Sunday, in a game that meant nothing for the Washington Redskins, a young fan battling cancer held up a sign in the end zone that read, “Fighting chemo but can’t keep me from my team.”

Cameras captured his message while players and cheerleaders interacted with him before kickoff:

Linebacker Martrell Spaight was busy warming up and did not see his message until after the game, but was so moved that he reached out to Redskins Nation and the power of the crowd to help him find the young man:

According to, the young man is named Isaiah Shorter and he is a freshman at Hempfield in Landisville, Penn.

Someone from the school was able to put Spaight in contact with Shorter’s teachers, who were able to facilitate the meeting that happened on Monday.

According to WUSA-9, Spaight asked fans to, “Please keep Isaiah in your prayers.”


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