Charles Woodson, esteemed Heisman Trophy winner and NFL player for the Green Bay Packers, has donated $2 million dollars to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital which is scheduled to open in 2012. The hospital has announced that the money will fund The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. This fund will be used for research of diseases that impact children, such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disorders, and autism, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
The NY Times reports that Charles Woodson said “Becoming a father in January motivated him to make the gift, altering his outlook on life. It can change a lot.”
Mr. Woodson grew up in Ohio, and then played for Michigan. He helped the Michigan team to achieve a national championship in 1997.
For more information about the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund, go to: www.woodsonfund.org.
Shaniya Davis, was kidnapped, raped, and murdered at age 5 in North Carolina. Her short life was tragic and ended far too soon.
Shaniya’s funeral was paid for by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. The NY Times reports that Shaquille said “I was sitting at home watching it on the news and the story brought a tear to my eye.”
President Obama Must be Proud
President Obama has asked all Americans to get involved in volunteering and good deeds. Thus, he must be very proud of the Thanksgiving season good deeds of Charles Woodson and Shaquille O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal’s kind deed brings peace to the soul of a young girl. Mr. Woodson’s kind donation will bring hope to children and families everywhere who are experiencing a pediatric medical crisis.
Get Involved !
If you would also like to make a donation to this hospital, the address is C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. (Telephone: 734-936-4000.)
Other Ways to Help Pediatric Causes
Perhaps other athletes or individuals are also looking for ways to help pediatric research causes. Some great places to donate to help researchers who study pediatric illnesses are:
www.cookiesforkidscancer.org: This group raises funds via selling cookies and bake sales to help donate money to pediatric cancer researchers.
www.StJude.org: This hospital for children provides free treatment to patients. Researchers work there to help find cures and treatments for pediatric disease.
As the holiday season continues, it will be interesting if additional athletes step up and do good deeds to benefit the children of America.