Running Back to support foundation efforts through survivor visits, fundraising and special in-game tribute
“This is an important issue that many people have little or no knowledge about until it’s too late.” Bilal Powell
NEW YORK (PRWEB)November 19, 2017
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell and the Colon Cancer Foundation® announced a new partnership aimed at defeating colon cancer and its devastating effects. Powell will help bring awareness to the disease, as well as generate funds in support of the Foundation’s prevention and translational research programs.
Earlier this week, Powell visited Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York to spend time with cancer survivors and learn more about their respective experiences. During the visit, one patient – a lifelong fan of the team – provided creative input around the custom cleats Powell will wear as part of the league’s “My Cleats, My Cause” platform during Week 13. The design will pay tribute to those impacted by colorectal cancer, including Powell’s close friend who recently succumbed to the disease at the age of 36.
“This is an important issue that many people have little or no knowledge about until it’s too late,” Powell said. “The Colon Cancer Foundation is doing some excellent work in the fight against this ugly disease and I hope that together we can bring about awareness and make real change to help prevent future heartbreak and suffering.”
“We could not be more thrilled to have Bilal’s support,” said Cindy Borassi, Executive Director of the Colon Cancer Foundation. “Colon and rectal cancer can be stopped if people are aware, talk to their doctors and get screened. Fans across the nation can make a huge difference in saving lives and defeating colorectal cancer. We are so excited about this new partnership!”
This morning, Powell launched a Crowdrise campaign to directly benefit the Foundation’s commitment to spreading the word, finding a cure and providing optimal care for those most affected by the disease. Beginning today, supporters who donate $10 or more will also be entered into a raffle for the chance to win:
- Autographed memorabilia
- VIP game day experience and meet-and-greet with Powell (Sunday, Dec. 3)
- Pair of autographed, custom cleats worn by Powell during the Week 13 home game
For more information about the foundation or to donate to Powell’s campaign, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/bestseatsinthehouse.