The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation will recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday, September 24 at the New York Giants home game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Eight families of pediatric cancer patients will attend the game as special guests of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, watch the game from the Legacy Suite, and will wear special edition Tom Coughlin Jay Fund #GoGold t-shirts in honor of and in solidarity with all those tackling childhood cancer. New York Giants Head Coach and Founder of the foundation, Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff will also sport his nonprofit's #GoGold pins to show their support. Coughlin will wear the pin during all September games.
"The financial side-effects of childhood cancer are becoming all too common for families whose sole focus should be helping their child get well," said Keli Coughlin, Executive Director of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation. "We hope our efforts will increase awareness and we thank the Giants' coaches and organization for their support of the families who are dealing with the unthinkable across the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan region."
Prior to kick-off, one patient from Hackensack University Medical Center will join the captains of the Giants and Washington Redskins for the opening coin toss ceremony.
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation is joining with the national #GOGOLD campaign to raise awareness of this devastating disease. Coach Coughlin is asking individuals and communities to take his pledge to #BETHERE for families tackling childhood cancer in an effort to help increase visibility of the financial and emotional toll cancer takes on families, and to ensure that the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation will continue to #BETHERE so no one fights alone.
For more details, visit tcjayfund.org and follow the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation on all social media outlets by searching @tcjayfund.
About the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund FoundationThe Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis. Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin's team at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay's diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first-hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis family. After going through the tragic events with Jay's family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer. Coach Coughlin kept his vow and started a foundation to BE THERE in Jay's honor, providing financial and emotional support. Since then, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation has evolved in size and scope, helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area who are tackling childhood cancer.