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Pierre Garcon TDs More Than Just Points

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 4, 2013 – 12:51 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

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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14 Responses to “Pierre Garcon TDs More Than Just Points”

  1. By Los on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    Great to see him giving back. I will be tweeting #TD4Tara on monday night! @losothedon

  2. By Dan Copeland on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    That’s like me offering fifty cents in proportion to my salary….with the salary he makes, this is hardly newsworthy! Nice gesture, but I gave more to my church last month and make about 50x less than he does…..but GO SKINS!!!!!

  3. By Mark on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    I’d say he was being cheap with only counting his own touchdowns, but looking at the Eagles defense and our offense, I’d say he’s gonna have to restructure his contract after Monday night if he wants to afford this.

  4. By gary on Sep 4, 2013 | Reply

    god bless you #88 I will be pulling for you score! score! score!

  5. By Gibbs&Riggins on Sep 5, 2013 | Reply

    I admire those who use their time, talents and/or money to help the less fortunate. However, I’m not sure this is the best way to go about it. Let’s hope that even if Garcon does not score any TD’s he will still lend a helping hand to that girl and her struggling family. God bless them all.

  6. By Mike Fuchs on Sep 6, 2013 | Reply

    Consider that this might be one of many charitable causes he’s involved in. And so what if you donate more proportionally than he does. Bragging about how much you donate to charity or calling him cheap? Classy.

  7. By Lisa on Sep 6, 2013 | Reply

    What a classy guy! I’ve heard of people pledging money to help, but that’s a lot per TD! I hope he donates even if he scores no TDs. You rock, Garcon, and Hail To The Redksins,

  8. By jenny fletcher on Sep 6, 2013 | Reply

    This is awesome, I am going to share this on My FB page to spread the word for
    Tara Get them touchdowns Pierre

  9. By Kathie Allison on Sep 6, 2013 | Reply

    Score ! Score ! Score ! Go Skins!! Section #110 will be cheering for you the loudest-I work with Tara’s Mom and know exactly what they are going through.
    God Bless – Thanks for doing this. : )

  10. By Glen on Anchor Bay Ct. on Sep 7, 2013 | Reply

    I see the trolls are here. THANK YOU Pierre Garcon…Keep up the good work. I admire your willingness to assist others as you do. I hope that many others will join you in helping this family and others as well. God Bless You, Pierre and I’m certain that Tara and her family are very thankful for your kind heart. I hope that other professional athletes will follow your lead.

  11. By rhonda on Sep 7, 2013 | Reply

    I think its awesome anytime someone does anything positive. Hey Dan Copeland why crit·i·cize, if everyone put out effort towards others the world would be an amazing place.

  12. By Karol Bradford on Sep 7, 2013 | Reply

    I think it’s a really nice gesture. But like Gibbs&Riggins, I hope he helps out the family even if he happens not to score. In any case, GO SKINS!!

  13. By mominmourning1 on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you for doing this, Pierre.

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