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Matt Kemp Gives Cancer Stricken Child Shirt Off His Back (VIDEO)

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Matt Kemp Gives Cancer Stricken Child Shirt Off His Back (VIDEO)

Companies often attempt to pull on the heart strings of the public to sell product. The goal is to represent a socially conscious organization in order to develop a bond with the viewer. A recent example that comes to mind is Becel margarine. They are currently running a television advertising campaign where young children stand on a stage and explain why they love their mothers. The point of the advertisement is to diminish heart disease amongst women…by eating margarine? It didn’t quite work for me, but to be fair, the Ad was targeting women.

Anyways, when companies or people perform good deeds, in some instances they are looking for reciprocation. Is that a cynical approach towards the world? Most definitely. However, there are also great people in this world who give back out of the goodness of their heart. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp fits that profile.

During a recent game, Kemp found out that a young Dodgers fan in the stands was stricken with cancer. After the game, Kemp went up to the fan and introduced himself, then he gave the kid his hat, jersey, and shoes. You know the old saying, “he’d give you the shirt off his back?” Kemp literally did that. Best part of all? Kemp had no idea this was being filmed.

“It’s just something I felt probably would have cheered him up a little bit,” Kemp said. “Help him out a little bit. I just did it. Hopefully that made that kid’s day. I just saw a kid there that was a big fan,” Kemp said. “Hopefully, God-willing, a miracle happens and he lives for a while.”

Kemp’s kind gesture certainly struck a chord with the kid and his father, as well as everyone that has seen this video. The kid’s name is Joshua Jones, and he posted the picture you see above to Instagram along with this caption…

“Thanks Matt. I will never forget that moment!!!”

There is a lot of cynicism in pro sports because athletes make a stupid amount of money, and certain athletes demonstrate questionable judgment. However, there are plenty of great people in the world of sports, and it’s important to recognize moments like this…



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