STATE — Twin brothers and NFL defensive backs Jason and Devin McCourty have partnered with Embrace Kids Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and New York Blood Center on a campaign against sickle cell disease. The campaign, entitled “Tackle Sickle Cell” is launching this month and aims to educate the public, increase blood donors and raise money & awareness for the fight against sickle cell disease.
Embrace Kids has launched the website TackleSickleCell.org which contains facts and statistics on sickle cell disease and directs the public on how they can get involved in the campaign. There will be a number of events including three blood drives on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The McCourty Twins will make personal appearances at some point during each of the three blood drives on Saturday, Feb. 23. The details of the drives are as follows:
- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Palisades Mall, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
All presenting donors will receive a signed photograph of NFL players Jason and Devin McCourty and a Tackle Sickle Cell tee shirt. All people that register through the Tackle Sickle web site and present to donate will be given a $10 gift card to a local restaurant. Additionally, this group of people will be entered into a sweepstakes drawing where they could be chosen as the sole winner of a signed football helmet and a $100 restaurant gift card. There will be one sweepstakes drawing for each blood drive locations.
On Sunday, June 9, The McCourty Twins will be hosting a 5K Run/Walk in Liberty State Park in Jersey City. This 5K Run/Walk is the major fundraising component of the Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign. The Run/Walk is for all ages and will be followed by a celebration including music, food, and fun at the park. Jason and Devin McCourty will be joined on this day by fellow members of the NFL and Rutgers football community.
Jason and Devin McCourty were football standouts at Rutgers University before moving onto the NFL where they are both currently starting defensive backs. Jason plays for the Tennessee Titans and Devin plays for the New England Patriots. “We have seen first hand the devastating effects of Sickle Cell on family members and we are choosing to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason. “This is something very personal to us, we can’t wait to get started and we’re thrilled to be working with Embrace Kids Foundation,” added Devin.