Christmas came early for Carolyn Rawlinson of Westfield, when she was presented with a framed photo of herself at a Buffalo Bills game during her recent regular therapy at the Brooks-TLC Hospital campus in Dunkirk.
What makes the photo special is that it was recently autographed by her favorite Billsá player, Josh Allen.
âIám gobsmacked!ã the ecstatic, 80-year-old, Allen fan repeated over and over when given the framed memento.
The young-at-heart Rawlinson is famous at Brooks for her fire-engine-red Mini Cooper S Roadster convertible sporting the Bills helmet logo vanity plate âAFCNFL.ã
The former season ticket holder regularly drives herself to Brooks for therapy, donning all the appropriate Bills garb when therapy falls on or near a game day. Her love for number 17 and the Bills is no secret to the nurses of 2a and family friends. In fact, Rawlinson penned an acrostic composition (https://bit.ly/CarolynRawlinsonJoshAllenNo17) about the quarterback, proudly displayed in her home and the homes of those whoáve been given a copy.
Thatás why Mary LaRowe, Brooks-TLCás chief executive officer, jumped at the chance to get an enlarged copy of Rawlinsonás photo and arrange for it to be signed by Allen at an Oishei Childrenás Hospital event.
The autographed photo is sure to become a favorite among Rawlinsonás collection of Bills memorabilia. And just like Allen wrote on her picture, sheáll be cheering âGo Bills!ã from her living room Sunday, when the Bills take on the New York Jets for a second consecutive title of AFC East champions.