Harbaugh had this message for Barrett: “Hi, Barrett, it’s Jim Harbaugh, coach of the Michigan Wolverines. I heard you like the Wolverines. I’m really excited to have this shirt. Thank you very much. It’s a wonderful gift. I want you to have my hat, my whistle and my shirt. And I want you to come to a game in Ann Arbor this fall. Pick a game, any game you want. We have eight home games. You just keep fighting and smiling, and the good Lord will taking a liking to you, buddy. Come see us in Ann Arbor, and I look very forward to meeting you.”
"Barrett Strong" is a reference to a Facebook page of the same name that has more than 1,800 members. There is also a fundraising campaign for the family.