Snyders donate $25K to Parker Dickerson fund after father’s death

Dan and Tanya Snyder

ESPN’s Chicago Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson died Tuesday of complications from colon cancer, two years after his wife Caitlin passed away due to a cancer battle of her own. The couple is survived by their 11-year-old son Parker, and the football world has stepped up to help financially support him as he moves forward in life.

Among those who donated to Parker’s GoFundMe were Washington Football Team owners Dan and Tanya Snyder. According to the donor list, they submitted a gift of $25,000 to match Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the largest donation to date. At the time of publishing, Parker’s aunt Jen Hobin had raised over $578,000.

“Many people have reached out wanting to know how they can support Parker,” Hobin wrote on the GoFundMe page. “We set up this fund to do exactly that. Please know that every dollar raised will directly support Parker’s education, health and welfare … and yes, his athletics.

“[Parker] will continue to be surrounded by many fans - doting grandparents Sandy & George, Grandma Patty, aunts, uncles and cousins. We hope this fund becomes a lasting tribute to a loving father, son, a great brother-in-law, uncle, professional, coach, colleague and friend.”

Jeff worked for ESPN in various capacities for 20 years. He was a fixture on the ESPN 1000 radio station in Chicago and established a reputation on the Bears beat for his accuracy and commitment to the truth.