A 10-year-old Patriots mega-fan had an unusual request for his surgeon before undergoing his sixth brain surgery earlier this year.
Logan Schoenhardt, who has a terminal cancer diagnosis, asked if he would engrave Tom Brady’s No. 12 jersey number on his skull.
“I walked in, and he said, ‘Would you engrave Tom Brady’s jersey number on the side of my skull?’ ” Dr. Jonathan Martin, a neurosurgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, told ESPN in a recent E:60 segment.
“This was the kid’s sixth brain surgery,” he added. “[There] really wasn’t anything that was going to pose any additional risk to him, and given what I thought it might do for his morale, I said, ‘Why not?’ ”
“I adore him!” Logan told ESPN of the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. “I’m one of his biggest fans!”
Brady heard about the skull engraving a month after Logan’s surgery, and sent him a shout-out video commending him for his bravery.
“I just want you to know I’ve heard about your incredible story, your incredible journey, and it’s amazing what you’ve fought through over the course of your life, and I’m a big fan of yours,” Brady said in the clip.
And on Dec. 3, Logan finally met his hero, who high-fived him and gave him a signed football.
“It’s freaking Tom Brady!” said Logan.
Unfortunately, Logan’s tumor returned once again in September — and doctors aren’t sure how much time he has left.
“They said there’s nothing more that they are going to be able to do for us, for Logan,” his mother, Jo Schoenhardt, told ESPN.
So, Logan created a bucket list of wishes (like going to Disney World and riding a motorcycle) to finish in his final days.
But the most important item, to meet Tom Brady, has already been checked off.