In September 2014, Michael Siroty, then 9 years old, tore his meniscus and ACL playing baseball in his hometown in New Jersey. He underwent meniscus surgery in October, and an ACL repair in November, both with surgeons at Hospital for Special Surgery, a top orthopedic hospital in New York.
Also in September 2014, Jeff Allen, an Offensive Lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, suffered a season-ending bicep tear, and flew to New York to have it repaired at HSS.
A chance meeting when the two both had follow-up appointments at HSS in January 2015 led to a year-long e-mail friendship that Michael says was key in helping him get through the long recovery and rehabilitation that included being sidelined from the sports he loves for 16 months. Jeff and Michael were reunited at the Chiefs-Ravens game in December 2015.
You can read more about Michael and Jeff's story HERE.
JAMS Pals was named using the initials of Jeff Allen and Michael Siroty. Our goal is to connect kids who have had orthopedic injuries requiring surgery with professional and college athletes who have also gone through their own surgery and recovery.