Suburban teen receives surprise of a lifetime from Chicago Bears

A suburban teen received a very special surprise Wednesday afternoon.

Kaylah Gonzalez is a cancer survivor from South Elgin, and her last treatment for leukemia will be in November, but this weekend — she will be heading up north on an all-expense paid trip to see the Bears and Packers.

Staley da bear had the job of surprising the teenage super-fan and her family.

"Crazy! It was like a big surprise!" said Gonzalez upon seeing the crowd in her driveway after school.

This is another great example of the partnership between the Chicago Bears and Advocate Health.


Kaylah told FOX 32 Chicago it's been a long couple years. She's had hospital stays, ups and downs, but her mom says this is such a great way to celebrate the end nearing of her daughter's treatments.

"It’s been a rollercoaster, but Kaylah’s always been positive," said Damaris Gonzalez, Kaylah’s mom.

The teenager was first diagnosed in August 2020 and has been getting treatment at Advocate Children’s Hospital.

"It’s our second home," said Damaris. "They’ve made us feel so welcome there."

"Our top priority is obviously always to care for our patients and anytime we can do something to make them smile and make their journey a little bit easier, we do," said Cristina Enea with Advocate Aurora Health.

The whole family will also see the team off from Halas Hall on Saturday before their flight up north.

Kaylah is also hoping to meet her number one player — Justin Fields.