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Aaron Rodgers Rocks Out With Kelly, Spina Bifida Sufferer, For IndependenceFirst

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers And Kelly

Green Bay Packers fans know Aaron Rodgers can tune up opposing defenses, and they know he can rock some air guitar. But Rodgers certainly surprised one fan with a special six-string session recently.

Kelly suffers from lives with spina bifida, a birth defect affecting her spine. For her and other sufferers others affected, the backbone that protects the spinal cord does not form and close as it should. Kelly is one of thousands of disabled people helped by IndependenceFirst, an organization that assists people with disabilities in the Milwaukee, Wisc. area. Kelly might not be as mobile as Aaron Rodgers, walking with the assistance of crutches, but she gets around pretty well.

On a recent trip to the Pabst Theater, Kelly, an avid singer, was set to record a commercial for IndependenceFirst. She met some professional musicians and got to check out the mixing and editing equipment. Thanks to, Kelly had a special guest recording artist. Musically, she’s a fan of Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and One Direction. Now, being a big Green Bay Packers fan, she’s naturally also a fan of Aaron Rodgers, evident by the look on her face when he walked up to offer his opinion on the song with which she was playing around.

“I think it’s a pretty good beat,” Rodgers said. “I really do.”

Cue the gushing, from Kelly and viewers alike.

According to, the Web site “was created by Aaron Rodgers and David Gruber to create awareness for organizations and people who are changing the world.”

Kelly can certainly attest to having her world changed. Rodgers, a self-taught guitarist, admits to her he’s not as talented as the other folks but her gushing giggle and ever-present smile makes it clear Aaron Rodgers made her day just by being there. She learned they have a shared appreciation for One Direction’s Harry Styles, who happens to be a Packers and Aaron Rodgers fan as well.

Rodgers’ efforts for IndependenceFirst are just his most recent on, having previously shown support for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (the MACC Fund) and Operation Dream.

What do you think of Aaron Rodgers’ efforts? What other organizations could Aaron Rodgers assist?

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11 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers Rocks Out With Kelly, Spina Bifida Sufferer, For IndependenceFirst”

  1. Kelly Larsen

    Take the word "sufferer"out. This does nothing to bring awareness to the disability. This only brings pity to Kelly and bad PR for Aaron. Don't write articles with offensive language. It helps no one!

  2. Diane Springstead Cole

    WRONG choice of words – sufferer and suffering! My daughter lives with SB.

  3. Kathie Kiesau Natzke

    A better headline would have been "Aaron Rodgers Rocks Out With Kelly, Who Lives With Spina Bifida". Watch the video…Kelly isn't suffering…she actually seems to be quite giddy with excitement to be singing with the awesome Aaron Rodgers.

  4. Jess Scott

    They could also just say she 'has' Spina Bifida. I also have it, and I don't really think about it until someone mentions it. And I agree- singing with Aaron Rodgers certainly isn't 'suffering'! :)

  5. Jess Scott

    I loved Aaron's response when Kelly said she has a little trouble walking- "You look like you're doing alright." No pity, no 'I bet you have strong arms'…just treating her like the normal person that she is. I've always liked Aaron, but I have even more respect for him now.

  6. Dan Benati

    Aaron Rodgers must know how to treat people the right way, which is more then I can say about the person who wrote this article, by the looks of it.

  7. Jess Scott

    Dan Benati I think whoever wrote this must be reading the comments- it looks like there's some editing going on!

  8. Public Abscess

    Dan Benati That's pretty ignorant, conflating word choice with not "treating people the right way." Looks like this piece is doing nothing but praising Rodgers for his efforts toward a worthwhile cause. Maybe you should read the article instead of just the comments.

  9. Leah Tippery

    I have always loved Aaron Rogers and been a Packer fan for decades. I have heard rumors Aaron is very cocky and arrogant and he may be… But if you watch this video and some of the other videos on they are so amazing! Not enough sports figures give back to their community and a lot of them could take a page out of Aaron's play book :) he is a class act in my book! Go Packers!!!!

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