Freddie Kitchens makes surprise appearance, donation at fundraiser for Browns fan fighting cancer

Posted at 4:49 PM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 19:43:49-04

CLEVELAND — Paul Brown, an avid Cleveland Browns fan from the United Kingdom, made a trip to Cleveland to hold a fundraiser for a fellow Browns fan who is fighting cancer.

Doctors diagnosed Matthew Dixon, 38, with chondrosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. They discovered the tumor in 2018, three years after Dixon developed systems and doctors missed it in the original scans.

His family said that he has already used much of his PTO and insurance benefits and is now covering 100 percent of his medical costs himself.

Brown held a bar crawl fundraiser to help Dixon with his medical costs on Saturday at First Energy Stadium.

The stadium was the meeting point for the bar crawl which hit Dive Bar, Barley House, Butcher and the Brewer, Southern Tier Brewery and Wilbert's before wrapping things up at Progressive Field.

The Browns pitched in and supplied raffle prizes to those in attendance.

During the fundraiser, Browns Head Coach Freddie Kitchens made a surprise appearance and met with Dixon.

The two snapped a picture together and Kitchens surprised him again, this time by donating $1,000 to his fund.

Brown said that Kitchen’s appearance and donation made Dixon’s day.

"It's just amazing when somebody takes a personal interest in your well-being," Dixon said "It's just such a great fan base and community, it's just passion."

As of Saturday afternoon, Dixon's fund has raised more than $13,000.

More information on Dixon’s fund can be found here.