Mo Gaba has become a darling of Baltimore sports talk radio. Now he’s about to become a national inspiration.
The blind 13-year old superfan, who is battling cancer for the fourth time, will announce the Ravens’ fourth-round pick (No. 123) Saturday from the Ravens’ Draft Fest at the Inner Harbor. He’ll become the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick in Braille.
Head Coach John Harbaugh told Mo the news Wednesday morning while he was at his Lindale Middle School. Mo was calling in to 98 Rock, as he often does, to analyze the NFL Draft with host Keith Mills, but was surprised when Harbaugh was on the other line.
When Harbaugh told Mo the news, he was stunned (check back for a video later today).
“Really? I’ve never done that before,” Mo said. “I would like to do that. Yeah!”
Mo has been blind since he was 9 months old. He has already beaten cancer three times and is in the early stages of his fourth battle. There’s a GoFundMe page to help his family with expenses, which is at nearly $40,000.
Mo, who is a native of Glen Burnie, Md., warmed hearts earlier this year with the story of his special relationship with an Anne Arundel Police officer who works in his school, Cpl. Chris Linsenbigler.