Komen for the Cure today at GW Hospital announced a new “One Team for the Cure” partnership with the NFL Players’ Association, welcoming Redskins’ wide receiver Josh Morgan (above with event emcee WJLA sports reporter Britt McHenry) and DC native (now with the Philadelphia Eagles) Arrelious Benn to show their support.
Underscoring the theme of “Make Mom Proud” — as the race will be held this year on Mother’s Day weekend — Morgan detailed what his own Godmother went through to battle triple negative breast cancer, and why he’s decided to sign on as a Komen Global Race Ambassador.
“I have someone that basically is my everything – she’s my best friend, she’s my Mother (not my biological Mother, but there’s Family outside of Family, we all know that). She basically raised me, and she’s the reason that I’m standing here today…” said Morgan, who is forming a Global Race for the Cure team in her honor for advocacy and fundraising.
“I’ve seen my Godmother overcome so much. Everybody gives me praise because of the hits I take on Sunday… but she’s the strongest person I’ve ever met in my life. I learned from her, because of what I’ve seen her go through.”
In addition to the player partnership, Komen also announced $1.5 million in National Capital Area Community Grants to seven local programs, made possible, in part, by funds raised from last year’s race. Those grants were awarded to the Arlington Clinic, CASA de Maryland, Neuva Vida, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Ethiopian Community Development Services, Inc., the Muslim Community Center and Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. Existing grants also continue from previous years.
“Everybody knows how important breast cancer is,” stressed Morgan. “Our main goal is to make all of our Moms proud.”