Editor’s note: Kirk Olivadotti resigned from UGA this week to return to the NFL with the Washington Redskins, also coaching inside linebackers. This is his thanks to Georgia Bulldogs fans for their support.
To the Georgia Bulldog Family:
This is an open letter of appreciation to the Bulldog Nation for all those who helped our daughter, Kasyn, in her fight against cancer.
Kasyn was diagnosed with cancer three weeks after our family moved to Georgia. We all dug in for a battle. As treatment began at Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, help was abundant.
Our family witnessed the most amazing thing happen. We had people sending prayers and well wishes from across the Bulldog Nation. We even had people tell us they prayed for the first time in years. We felt honored and humbled that Kasyn was able to bring people back to prayer. We as a family believe in the power of prayer.
We cannot thank the Bulldog Nation enough for helping in our time of need.
It is easy for me to talk about the great relationships that we have formed with players and coaches on the Georgia football team the past three years. The inside linebackers had to hear more than their fair share of stories about my family. I am forever grateful to those young men. They understood the only way that my focus would be correct was to talk first about my family as we all fought for Kasyn’s health.
The entire coaching staff sacrificed some of themselves to help in the battle. We functioned as one unit while winning two SEC East titles. The wives started the Kasyn Cares Fund. The fund supports pediatric cancer research at the Aflac Cancer Center.
Kasyn has won her fight. The Bulldog Nation helped us declare a victory that we will forever be able to celebrate. Every time Kasyn smiles we will think of the gratitude we have for the entire Bulldog Nation.
God Bless and Go Dawgs!
Kirk, Keely, Kasyn, and Kruz
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