Cardale Jones to help pay for young Buckeye fan's funeral

(Courtesy: Cardale Jones/Facebook)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones is donating money to help pay for the funeral of a young OSU fan who died of sickle cell anemia and asking others to do the same.

Jones wrote about 17-year-old Detroit native Nautica Ussury in a Facebook post, while visiting kids at Nationwide Children's Hospital three week ago. He said Ussury stood out, but not just because her family rooted for the Buckeyes despite living in "that state up north."

“Energetic and outgoing, Nautica was determined that her worst days were behind her,” he wrote.

Ussury lost her battle with sickle cell anemia on Tuesday.

Jones said he will match whatever donations are made to Ussury's to the GoFundMe page for her funeral. He also commended Ussury and all the other children at the hospital battling major illnesses for how they're able to put on their best faces everyday, despite what they have to endure.

“I was hoping to bring some joy and shine a little light on the lives of kids battling life threatening illness,” he wrote. “They are by far some of the bravest people I’ve met. Being stripped of their childhoods and restricted to the hospital rooms, these kids were full of life but internally in pain.”

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