After J.J. Watt heard the story of Cristian Beasley, a 12-year-old battling cancer, who attends school every day virtually using a robot that he nicknamed "Watt," the Texans star decided to give the sixth grader a surprise visit, KHOU-TV reported this week.
Beasley, one of a growing number of patients who use robot technology to participate in school while sick at home, was profiled in a KHOU story last week. Watt, who was reportedly watching, decided to go visit the young fan. During the middle of class as Beasley used his computer to watch what the robot's camera was showing at school, Watt snuck up from behind, much to the delight of Cristian and his classmates.
"When I heard the story that he named the robot after me and he was such a big fan of me, it was a no-brainer," Watt told the TV station. "To see the smile on his face when he realized I was in the room with him ... there's no better feeling."
Watt, who is no stranger to heartfelt moments like this one, spent the day playing hacky sack and football with Cristian in his backyard. He also took Cristian, who is starting his next round of chemotherapy, back to school to visit his classmates.
"It means a lot, and I'm never going to forget it," Cristian said. "Ever."