WASHINGTON – The NFL Players Association's One Team For The Cure t-shirts are now on sale online through the One Team Shop (http://oneteamshop.com), benefitting the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.
As of today’s launch, 18 players who have been affected by cancer have committed to participating in the 2013 One Team For The Cure campaign, including Kurt Coleman, Jared Cook, Dennis Dixon, Pierre Garcon, Chad Greenway, Brian Hartline, Bradie James, Jeremy Mincey, Josh Morgan, Reggie Nelson, Cory Redding, Coty Sensabaugh, Joe Staley, Philip Tanner, Demaryius Thomas, Joe Thomas, Muhammed Wilkerson andDeAngelo Williams.
“When cancer strikes your family, it doesn’t matter if you’re a tough linebacker, an agile running back or a pro-bowl quarterback,” says Georgetown Lombardi Director Louis M. Weiner, MD. “The cancer center is grateful to the NFL Players Association for its support of those who wake up every morning feeling like it’s the biggest game day of their lives, whether they be patients, families, researchers, nurses, doctors or the many others fighting against this formidable opponent.”
The t-shirts feature the name and jersey number of a player who is part of the One Team For The Cure initiative and a tri-colored ribbon: pink representing breast cancer awareness; light blue, prostate cancer awareness; and lavender for awareness of all cancers. Georgetown Lombardi will use its portion of the proceeds to better cancer research and treatment.
“Most Americans understand the pain and suffering associated with fighting cancer, and my family is no different,” said NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. Smith is also an honorary co-chair of the annual Lombardi Gala. “Our One Team For The Cure initiative and our support for Georgetown Lombardi are focused on helping families win that fight. As a community of players, we are humbled and grateful to do our part.”
The t-shirts will be available in men’s and women’s sizes all through October (breast cancer awareness month) and November (prostate cancer awareness month).
“I saw my godmother fight and overcome breast cancer,” said Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan. “She’s my everything, and those who are still fighting need to know that we are here for them, that we care, because we do care. These shirts show that players are united in their support for them.”
“Cancer has affected all of us in some way,” said Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. “I am proud to say that my aunt is a survivor, but we need to continue to raise awareness and work toward a cure for all cancers so that no one loses a loved one to these diseases.”
T-Shirts are on sale now at the One Team Shop (http://oneteamshop.com).
About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Georgetown Lombardi is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute (grant #P30 CA051008), and the only one in the Washington, DC area. For more information, go to http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.
About the NFL Players Association
Established in 1956, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union. The NFLPA represents all NFL players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protects their rights as professional football players; ensures that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiates and monitors retirement and insurance benefits; provides other member services and activities; provides assistance to charitable and community organizations; and enhances and defends the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.NFLPlayers.com.