Evander Holyfield Teams up with Dan Newlin for Miracles - FOX 35 News Orlando

Evander Holyfield Teams up with Dan Newlin for Miracles

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There were lots of smiles onSunday, as seven children who are battling cancer at the Arnold PalmerChildren's Hospital, got to share the spotlight with the former UndisputedWorld Champion, Evander Holyfield, thanks to the Dan Newlin Miracle Project.

The brainchild of famed Orlandoattorney, Dan Newlin, the kids spent several hours with Holyfield at the swankyLaw Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin and Partners at 7335 Sand Lake Road inOrlando, on Sunday.

The idea for the inspirationalencounter was born out of a Holyfield in-flight video Newlin viewed as he flewback from South America to Orlando, recently.

"Evander Holyfield's uniquebackground – somebody who knows what it's like to be at a low point in theirlife and to come back and make it and be a world boxing champion – I thought,would serve as a great inspiration for the kids," said Newlin.

Newlin continued: "For the kidsto be able to see and interact with one of the greatest Heavyweights – Evander– who has had more setbacks and more comebacks than any other boxer, and forthem to understand that in the context of their own difficulties which they nowface, I thought would be really cool."

For his part, Holyfield said,it means a lot to him to be involved with the Dan Newlin Miracle Project, whichhe sees as a natural fit, in view of his own life story. He cherishes theopportunity to give back and inspire those with whom he comes into contact.

"My Mama was my greatestinspiration and it's because of her I became who I am," he said. "I wasencouraged to overcome poverty and while I have had my ups and downs, I becamesuccessful in boxing."

As he has done throughout hislife, Holyfield says, his desire is to encourage everyone to give their all andmake something of their own lives. Known sometimes as "The Real Deal,"Holyfield points out that the title really means "prove it and that's what Ihave tended to do."

The kids who were privileged tospend several hours interacting with the Greatest Cruise-weight of all time,without a doubt, proved that they too, are fighters. Sporting red and pinkboxing gloves and smiles, loud cheers of "Thanks Evander" were heard many timesthroughout the building.

And what's next for the DanNewlin Miracle Project?

"We are always thinking andlooking for innovative ways to work with local hospitals and charities," saidNewlin, who is renowned for his considerable charity work across CentralFlorida. "We will continue to do whatever we can to bring smiles to childrenwho are having difficult times and find great ways to do it."

 There were lots of smileson Sunday, as seven children who are battling cancer at the Arnold PalmerChildren's Hospital, got to share the spotlight with the former UndisputedWorld Champion, Evander Holyfield, thanks to the Dan Newlin Miracle Project.

The brainchild of famed Orlandoattorney, Dan Newlin, the kids spent several hours with Holyfield at the swankyLaw Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin and Partners at 7335 Sand Lake Road inOrlando, on Sunday.

The idea for the inspirationalencounter was born out of a Holyfield in-flight video Newlin viewed as he flewback from South America to Orlando, recently.

"Evander Holyfield's uniquebackground – somebody who knows what it's like to be at a low point in theirlife and to come back and make it and be a world boxing champion – I thought,would serve as a great inspiration for the kids," said Newlin.

Newlin continued: "For the kidsto be able to see and interact with one of the greatest Heavyweights – Evander– who has had more setbacks and more comebacks than any other boxer, and forthem to understand that in the context of their own difficulties which they nowface, I thought would be really cool."

For his part, Holyfield said,it means a lot to him to be involved with the Dan Newlin Miracle Project, whichhe sees as a natural fit, in view of his own life story. He cherishes theopportunity to give back and inspire those with whom he comes into contact.

"My Mama was my greatestinspiration and it's because of her I became who I am," he said. "I wasencouraged to overcome poverty and while I have had my ups and downs, I becamesuccessful in boxing."

As he has done throughout hislife, Holyfield says, his desire is to encourage everyone to give their all andmake something of their own lives. Known sometimes as "The Real Deal,"Holyfield points out that the title really means "prove it and that's what Ihave tended to do."

The kids who were privileged tospend several hours interacting with the Greatest Cruise-weight of all time,without a doubt, proved that they too, are fighters. Sporting red and pinkboxing gloves and smiles, loud cheers of "Thanks Evander" were heard many timesthroughout the building.

And what's next for the DanNewlin Miracle Project?

"We are always thinking andlooking for innovative ways to work with local hospitals and charities," saidNewlin, who is renowned for his considerable charity work across CentralFlorida. "We will continue to do whatever we can to bring smiles to childrenwho are having difficult times and find great ways to do it."

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