NEW BRUNSWICK — Twin brothers and NFL defensive backs Jason & 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,” aims to educate the public, increase blood donors and raise money & awareness for the fight against sickle cell disease.
Embrace Kids hosts 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.
A blood drive supporting the Tackle Sickle Cell campaign will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, One Robert Wood Johnson Place in New Brunswick.
The McCourty Twins will make a personal appearance at some point during the blood drive, which takes place in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard. All presenting donors will also receive a commemorative tee shirt and an autographed photograph of the McCourtys. One autographed football will also be raffled off at the blood drive.
Everyone who registers through the website and donates blood will receive a $10 gift card to Hansel n’Griddle (not transferable for cash). These individuals will also be entered into a raffle drawing to win a football helmet autographed by the McCourty twins and a $100 restaurant gift card (also not transferable for cash).
To register, call 732-235-8100, ext. 244 or 221 or visit www.tacklesicklecell.org/events and click on “Blood Drives.”
All donors must be at least 17 years old (16 year olds must have written parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs. (certain height/weight criteria may apply) be in good health and bring a photo or signature ID. Donors are asked to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before their donation.
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. They’ve done everything together their entire lives, so it’s no surprise that they’ve joined forces with their charitable efforts.
“We have seen firsthand 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.
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