WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is dedicating his first touchdown of the 2014 NFL season to an 8-year-old boy who died Monday from cancer.
The boy, named Ne'Vaeh, and his family were supposed to be Griffin's special visitor at Tuesday's practice. Ne'Vaeh died Monday, according to an Instagram post by Griffin.
The 8-year-old boy was suffering from a very rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
Griffin's message to Ne'Vaeh and his family was posted along with the above photo to Instagram:
Had some special guests at practice today! Check it out... On April 22, 2013, Ne'Vaeh, an eight year old-high energy little boy, had his world turned upside down. Ne'Vaeh was diagnosed with a very rare brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and soon found out he was in Stage 4 of it. Incurable. Instead of shutting down, this young gift from God and his family continued to live life to the fullest and raise awareness for DIPG. Last Week I was told that Ne'Vaeh was a huge Redskins fan and I was his favorite player. So we invited him to come check out practice and meet everybody. That practice was today.... I received a call yesterday informing me that Ne'Vaeh had been called up to heaven on Friday... Ne'Vaeh's family came to practice in his honor and as I begin to express my sadness for his passing I was stopped. They told me he was no longer suffering and in a better place. They gave me the band you see at the bottom of this picture and I made a promise. I promise you Ne'Vaeh that I will wear this band all season and dedicate our first touchdown in your honor. #WalkingByFaithWithNeVaeh