Former Panthers tight end Greg Olsen shares touching video of son after heart transplant

TJ Olsen, the son of retired Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, thanked football fans for an outpouring of support after the 8-year-old received a heart transplant June 4. 

“Thank you for thinking of me,” TJ says in the video, which Greg posted to Instagram and Twitter. “Thank you for praying with me. Congrats, all of you have gotten a win. We love you guys.”

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TJ was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone three open heart surgeries in the past three years. He was placed on the transplant eight days ago, and Greg has been regularly posting updates about his son’s condition on his social media. The former tight end also thanked fans, and offered gratitude to the family of TJ’s organ donor.

“We also want to ask that everyone takes a second to pray for our donor family,” Greg wrote on Twitter. “Their selflessness during a tragic time gave our boy a chance at life.”

Greg Olsen’s foundation founded The HEARTest Yard, an initiative dedicated to TJ that helps to provide relief to families of pediatric cardiovascular patients. Through the program at the Levine Children’s Hospital, where TJ is being treated, fans have been able to donate to support him and other children who face similar cardiovascular issues. 

The family has also received support from the Panthers organization, which posted an image on social media of Bank of America Stadium lit up green, which is TJ’s favorite with the hashtag, #PlayForTJ. The Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina also lit up green on the day of his surgery.

“All early signs have been positive,” Olsen wrote Sunday on Instagram. “Your prayers and well wishes have been working and we’re beyond grateful.”

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