“Tuesdays with CJ” will continue this year… even without CJ Conrad.
Kentucky’s tight-end became a regular visitor and volunteer at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital last year, meeting with kids and their families every Tuesday. His dedication to KCH led to several friendships with the kids, including nine-year old cancer patient Ryan Cremeens of Richmond, Kentucky. Conrad helped Cremeens ring the bell at his final chemo treatment and invited him to run out of the tunnel alongside the team for last season’s Blue/White game. Conrad’s efforts helped put smiles on some of the most deserving kids’ faces every Tuesday, including Levi and Sam back in September.
A huge shout-out and thank you to @UKFootball player @cjconrad1 for spending quality time with our kids at @KCHKids this morning! We’re grateful for your visit – and Levi and Sam, pictured here, had an awesome time making slime! @UKAthletics #GetUp pic.twitter.com/ZMoH3yLGcL
— Kentucky Children’s (@KCHKids) September 11, 2018
Now, Conrad is a University of Kentucky graduate. With his own health concerns now out of the way, Conrad is free to compete for a spot on an NFL roster, leaving Lexington behind at least for the time being.
Fortunately, his exit from the Bluegrass will not end the heartwarming tradition. The name has changed, but the outcome will hopefully be the same: “Specialists visiting Special Kids” is now up and running. Punter Max Duffy and kicker Grant Mckinniss made their first visit to the hospital yesterday, and they’re both pretty excited.
— Grant Mckinniss (@GMckinniss) April 2, 2019
— Max Duffy (@Max__Duffy) April 2, 2019
They’ve got big shoes to fill to replace CJ Conrad, who earned numerous philanthropic awards throughout his time with UK, but Specialists visiting Special Kids sounds like an excellent place to start.