Thor Bisher and Scott Greene, other friends of the family, helped arrange the video with Harbaugh. Bisher shot photos of Harbaugh wearing the “Barrett Strong” T-shirt. Bisher had one of the photos printed and then brought it back for Harbaugh to sign.
Shaffer, Bisher and Greene then took the photo and video — plus Harbaugh’s hat, whistle and sweatshirt — to Dayton to give to Barrett, who at that time was only 30 minutes into his first chemotherapy session. It had been pushed back from earlier in the day.
They played the Harbaugh video for Barrett and his parents, Brad and Lana.
“I was just overwhelmed,” Brad said. “I couldn’t believe he would take the time to do that, let alone give him the shirt off his back, literally.”
Barrett felt well enough to watch and was excited. He hasn’t decided if he’s a Michigan fan yet, his dad said. Brad became a Michigan fan growing up because one of his friend’s dads was a Michigan fan. His wife comes from a family of Ohio State fans. Barrett has been in the middle.
“I think this will help persuade things,” Brad said with a laugh.
"Barrett Strong" is a reference to a Facebook page of the same name that has more than 1,800 members. There is also a fund-raising campaign for the family on GoFundMe.com that has raised $6,000 for medical expenses.
“Everyone has been behind us,” Brad said.