NFL on FOX Gets a Visit from St. Jude Patient

11-year-old St. Jude patient currently outpicking FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Terry Bradshaw in friendly season-long competition

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 1:40pm

Memphis, Tenn. – (Dec. 13, 2010) – On Sunday, 11-year-old St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient Markell paid a visit to the set of FOX NFL SUNDAY to see Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Jimmie Johnson and the entire on-air crew to help raise awareness for kids battling cancer at St. Jude, the nation’s No. 1 children’s cancer hospital.

Markell, a devoted New Orleans Saints fan who just finished his last treatment for osteosarcoma, a common form of bone cancer, has been in a heated season-long competition with NFL veteran Bradshaw to see who can most accurately choose each week’s game winners. Markell is currently outpicking Bradshaw 30-15 to 23-31.

“I played a long time in the NFL and have seen a lot of courageous individuals, but nobody can match the courage and determination of Markell and these wonderful children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Terry Bradshaw. “I haven’t yet figured out what Markell’s weekly pick strategy is, but I’m sure there are a ton of people out there who would love to know his secret!”

This NFL season, FOX Sports teamed with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help kids who are sidelined by cancer and other deadly diseases. FOX Sports Supports, the network’s charitable initiative now in its third year, is a unique program that raises awareness, provides financial assistance and spurs volunteerism for health charities selected by FOX Sports employees.

Prior to the season launch, NFL on FOX on-air personalities Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Jay Glazer, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long, Curt Menefee, Pam Oliver and Michael Strahan visited St. Jude to learn first-hand about the hospital’s ground-breaking research, innovative treatments and first-class patient care. The group also filmed a series of public service announcements, featuring Markell and several St. Jude patients, which are currently airing on FOX during its football coverage, including Super Bowl Sunday. In addition, FOX Sports is supporting St. Jude through numerous on-air mentions all season long and by participating in several additional events and activities.

St. Jude treats patients, like Markell, from around the world, and no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for treatment. The hospital largely relies on public donations to help keep that promise.

"The partnership with FOX Sports has given us the opportunity to bring our mission into millions of homes this football season," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "We are grateful to be able to share the lifesaving mission of St. Jude with football fans across the country. This support is so vital to helping St. Jude find cures for cancer and other deadly diseases that threaten the lives of these precious children."

Football fans can help settle the score against childhood cancer this season by hosting a Game Day. Give Back. party on Feb. 6 to benefit St. Jude. Game Day. Give Back. encourages football fans across the country to celebrate the pinnacle of football by combining their passion for the sport with a good cause. Visit www.stjude.org/giveback to sign up today and gain access to party materials, entertaining tips and recipes to help make your game day party a success. You will also be able to view behind the scenes footage from the FOX Sports talent’s visit to St. Jude, patient stories, photos and ways for the public to support the hospital’s mission.

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the flagship network of the FOX Sports Media Group. As America’s top-rated network for sports for 13 straight years (1997-2009), FOX Sports boasts rights agreements with each of the nation’s highest-rated sports. FOX Sports is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder for Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series and World Series (2007-2013); the National Football League’s NFC package, including the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowls XLV and XLVIII (2006-2013); NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014); the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and the UEFA Champions League Final. Since its inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 82 Emmy Awards for production excellence. David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. For the latest sports news, opinion and video, log on to www.FOXSports.com. Fans can gain more access to exclusive content by following FOX Sports on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX, http://twitter.com/NFLONFOX and http://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX and by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a highly respected international polling and research firm. St. Jude was also named the nation's top children's cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.
 

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