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Supporting O'Donnell's Individual Cancer Research

Rally Mayer Choosing a charity to support the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” initiative this weekend was an easy decision for Pat O’Donnell. The Bears Panther is recognized by the Jake Gitren Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that

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Choosing a charity to support the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” initiative this weekend was an easy decision for Pat O’Donnell.

The Bears Panther is recognized by the Jake Gitren Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that has raised about $ 30 million since it was founded by his wife Shelby’s maternal grandfather 51 years ago using his platform. Increase the degree.

Warren Gitren and his father, Jake, shared a passion for golf. So, after Jake died of lung cancer in 1970, Warren, a former captain of the Pennsylvania State Golf Team, founded the Jake Gitren Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of his father.

The first event raised $ 2,500 and was donated to Dr. John Crader, a pioneering research scientist at Penn State University of Medicine. The annual fundraiser eventually took place for 49 years, making it the longest-running amateur golf tournament in the United States.

Funds raised over the years continued to support Dr. Kreider, whose research on the human papillomavirus (HPV) contributed to the development of the HPV vaccine Gardasil in 2006.

In the mid-1990s, Warren Gitren helped establish the Jake Gitren Cancer Institute at the Pennsylvania State Cancer Institute in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The facility still houses researchers seeking treatments for different types of cancer.

Warren Gitren died on April 14, 2018 at the age of 84. But his legacy is still there. This is what O’Donnell is proud of.

“It shows how only one man wanted to change the world, and he did it,” O’Donnell said. “He has found a cure for HPV. I hope it will change the lives of others and find a cure for other cancers.”

O’Donnell was impressed when he visited the Jake Gitren Institute for cancer research two years ago.

“I’ve heard of the lab and I’ve heard of doctors billions of times, but I couldn’t fully understand it until I stepped into it.” O’Donnell said. “It was much bigger than I expected, and there were far more technicians and scientists in the lab. Looking at them all in these rooms, [spending] The boring time of trying to find a cure was shocking to me. It was just the time and effort people spent on it. “

The shoes worn by O’Donnell during the Bears-hosted Cardinals Sunday pre-match warm-up feature a silhouette of Jake Gitren holding a golf club, a teddy bear from the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Pennsylvania logo. is. Behind one shoe is the head of a golf club and the other is Hershey’s chocolate bar. (Remember that the facility is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania.)

O’Donnell is pleased that the NFL has given him the opportunity to raise awareness of the Foundation for Promotion of Cancer Research.

“Our platform is huge,” he said. “It’s fun to be able to run’My Cause My Cleats’ and it takes miles for the charity itself. That’s great. I respect everyone who has different charities on the team.”

The involvement of his wife’s family is not the only reason cancer research is a hit near O’Donnell’s home. His father, Terry O’Donnell, died on September 19, 2017, at the age of 61, after 11 years of fighting colon cancer.

In the second half of the 2017 season, O’Donnell participated in the My Cause My Cleats in a home game with the 49ers in honor of the Cleveland Clinic in South Florida, where his father was treated.

“This is clearly important near my heart, and I’ve seen my dad suffer from colon cancer for 11 years,” O’Donnell said. “I wish I could start a great charity like this: [Warren Gittlen] This is why I chose to support them as much as possible because they are fully functional labs and they are doing great things. So it’s the best I can do to make them more and more conscious. “

To donate to the Jake Gittlen Cancer Research Foundation, check out to the Jake Gittlen Memorial Fund and mail it to:

Jake Gitren Memorial Fund

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Mars, Pennsylvania 16046

Several other Bears players are participating in MyCauseMyCleats. Take a look at this photo gallery to see their cleats and the causes they represent.

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