Last season Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon kicked off the franchise’s 80th anniversary season with a legendary 88-yard touchdown.
This go around, he’s hoping to repeat his success of providing a helping hand during season openers against the Philadelphia Eagles. But scoring touchdowns for the six-year veteran will go far beyond points added to the scoreboard Monday night.
For each touchdown Garcon scores on Monday night against the Eagles, he’s pledging to donate $2,500 to the family of Tara Sanker, an eight-year old who is battling an inoperable form of brain cancer.
“It’s just hard to imagine at such a young age having brain cancer. Hopefully on Monday night I can help out by just scoring touchdowns to help fund research and her bills for her doctors’ visits [and] general therapy.”
She was diagnosed just nine days after her eighth birthday, and with the expenses of medical bills, her mother was forced to take time away from her job so that she can provide the necessary attention her daughter needs.
Garcon, always willing to go the extra mile to assist others, hopes that at least for one night he can ease the pain of a difficult situation.
“It’s a tough situation to deal with, especially for a little girl, but hopefully I can bring a little bit of joy to them.”
Knowing the nature of being an NFL player means coverage from the media that other occupations aren’t exposed; Garcon is hoping to use his fame to help others.
“The platform I was granted when I entered the National Football League has provided me with the opportunity to positively impact so many people, and to encourage others to do the same.”
Garcon, however, hopes that others will join in as well and take action by donating to foundations focused on raising money and awareness of childhood cancer causes and research to find breakthroughs in finding cures.
Throughout Monday night’s game use #TD4Tara to show your support for Tara and her family.
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