Seattle stars make 'Blue Tuesday' the happiest day of the week
SEATTLE -- Move over Blue Friday -- there's a new kid in town.
Blue Tuesday debuted this week at Children's Hospital as a thank you to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. But Wilson had his own surprise when Seattle superstars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis showed up to lend a hand.
Every Tuesday a miracle happens at Children's Hospital.
"I don't know if there are the words," said David Quick, when asked about the impact of Tuesday visits from Wilson and his wife Ashton.
The 12th man has blue on Friday, but Tuesdays belongs to the children. Children's Hospital patients and some family raised the 12th man flag outside the hospital Tuesday, and Blue Tuesday was officially born.
"He prayed with us over Abi. It was the most remarkable experience a father could ask for, especially a fan of such a man of character and a Hawks fanatic myself, I couldn't have asked for more," said Puyallup's Christopher Sayers, whose 7-month-old daughter Abi has been in Children's since she was 4-months old.
"She had to have emergency brain surgery," said Sayers, standing next to his wife Mindie after their son Eli helped raise the 12th man flag at Children's.
Abi is tucked inside her Hawks nest inside her hospital room. At 7-months, Abi has already endured five brain surgeries.
Every Tuesday, Wilson and his wife visit the kids at Children's. They've done it quietly since Wilson became the Hawks' starting quarterback.
Abi's mother Mindie Sayers says the visits are like medicine to the children and their parents.
"There is nothing more horrible than having a child here and it's a little spark of hope when Russell and Ashton come and they distract you for a few minutes," she said.
David and Kristina Quick's son Franklin had surgery the day he was born.
"Three days later he had to have open heart surgery," said David Kristina.
Franklin's twin Harrison is healthy. On this day the brothers are wrapped in knitted blankets and hats, Seahawks blue and green, of course.
They insist any distraction eases the hardship, but for the Quicks' the memories of Blue Tuesday have staying power.
"I see through the pads. I see through the helmet, and I'll never forget he and his wife walking through that door. That's what I see. He hits the field and I don't see him with pads, I see him in street clothes and smelling good with the cologne he had on," said Quick.
It's like rooting for a family member or something like that, it means something more than just a pro football player," said Quick's wife Kristina.
Wilson shies away from the limelight, but he doesn't mind sharing it. His buddies, hip-hop sensation Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, made a surprise Blue Tuesday. They rolled up in a Cadillac, a nod perhaps to their latest hit, "White Walls," making the bluest day of the week one of the happiest.
"What a blessing to have experiences like this," said Christopher Sayers.
The kids at Chidlren's also made a touching YouTube thank you video to Wilson and his wife.