The 1. FC Köln first team made their way to the children’s hospital on the Amsterdamer Straße on Wednesday after training. “The day is a celebration for the children’s hospital,” said Horst Kierdorf, the clinical director for the clinics in the city, to the team and to the coaching staff. “You’ll realise how much the children and those here are excited for your visit through the wards. It’s something quite special. Thank you for coming.”
In groups, the FC team visited separate stations throughout the hospital. For head coach, Markus Gisdol and assistant coach, Frank Kaspari, they headed through to the intensive care unit with Anthony Modeste, Timo Horn, Simon Terodde, Jonas Hector and Sebastiaan Bornauw. There lies, amongst others, little Lenny. Lenny is a premature baby. He was born into the world atjust 600g. He will be operated on again at the weekend. The situation doesn’t go past the FC players: “It’s the same every year: When I go home, the first thing I do is to hug my kids,” said the father of two, Anthony Modeste after he came out of Lenny’s room.
1. FC Köln’s Foundation has arranged gifts for the young patients, such as FC mugs, advent calendars and also plush Hennes. “When it comes to such meetings like today, we are totally aware of what a privileged life we have,” said FC head coach, Markus Gisdol. “With simple gestures and our time, we can bring a smile to the children’s faces. That gives us a lot back.” Not just the patients are excited to see the FC players. The parents and the doctors and the workers at the hospital are able to meet the players and talk things over with the team.
In Oncology, the group gets to know Jannis. The 20-year-old was in the middle of his A-levels this year, when a tumour was found. “I now have two courses of Chemo ahead of me. After that, I want to get back in the stadium as quickly as possible,” said Jannis, who donned his kit with Hector on the back for the visit. The FC fan gave his idols the best for the game against Augsburg on the weekend before they headed off, “We’re convinced. We believe in you.” Jonas Hector answered with a smile on his face, “We’re also convinced that we can do it.” Jannis replied: “Such a smile and such determination is what I want to see from you.” That was it for the afternoon, as the team left Jannis and the rest of the children’s hospital with a smile on their faces.
On Wednesday, a special appointment was in the calendar for the #effzeh players They visited the children’s hospital on Amsterdamer Straße to hand out Christmas gifts pic.twitter.com/x6Dpx243ow— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) November 27, 2019
On Wednesday, a special appointment was in the calendar for the #effzeh players They visited the children’s hospital on Amsterdamer Straße to hand out Christmas gifts pic.twitter.com/x6Dpx243ow