INDIANAPOLIS (WTTV) - Even though he left Indianapolis in 2012 and headed to Denver, Peyton Manning’s legacy lives on in the Circle City, perhaps nowhere more so than at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.
One family familiar with the hospital has met Manning many times over the years, as all three children were diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder 10 years ago.
The siblings, 12-year-old Camille, 16-year-old Parker and 17-year-old Mallory Clayton have maintained a lasting friendship with the star quarterback through his work at the hospital.
“He’s really funny, and sometimes I feel even shorter than I already am because he’s really tall,” said Camille.
“It definitely does make your time in the hospital go a lot quicker,” Mallory said. “You kind of think, ‘OK, if I have to go to the hospital, at least it’s Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.’”
Patients here see Manning’s dedication, from the Colts jerseys and helmets that decorate rooms and murals that decorate the hallways.
“It really has motivated me to, it’s shown me that I can overcome anything,” said Parker.
Even after he left Indianapolis for Denver, St. Vincent CEO Jonathan Nalli said Manning’s commitment to the hospital and its patients never changed.
“He commits a great amount of time and energy and passion towards making sure these children are not only getting the great care that they need, but he becomes a part of their situation,” Nalli said.
Through their years as patients here, the Clayton kids have gotten to know him well.
“My heart has really grown for helping others, especially being in this kind of environment my whole life,” Mallory said.
As for the big game, Parker said it was tough to pick a winner; sisters Mallory and Camille split with Mallory rooting for her hometown Colts and Camille picking Manning and the Broncos.