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'Chad's Locker' comes to Sanford Children's Hospital

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Sanford Children's Hospital workers stand by the new "Chad's Locker," a program established by former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, on Tuesday, July 28. Photo courtesy of Sanford Health

FARGO — Kids staying in the Sanford Children's Hospital received a special gift from a former Minnesota Viking Tuesday, July 28.

Former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, who played for the team from 2007 to 2016, helped unveil his newest "Chad's Locker" location in the hospital during a virtual ribbon cutting.

The locker is filled with gadgets like iPads, laptops and Nintendo Switch consoles to help make kids' hospital stays better.

Greenway has been doing this program through his Lead the Way Foundation for the last 12 years, and he said even though he couldn't be with families right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he's still grateful he can keep sharing his gift.

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A Sanford Children's Hospital patient plays with a Nintendo Switch as a nurse helps him set up.

"The reality is, this is just our normal right now. When we get back to normal, we can actually back on-site and on-premise," Greenway said. "We'd love to be able to go back out there and meet a lot of the families."

The locker in Sanford Children's is Greenway's ninth locker across nationwide hospitals, and the first to be placed in North Dakota.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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