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NFL, Cleveland Browns to raise awareness for cancer during 'Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer' game against Los Angeles Chargers

Earlier this week, members of the Browns organization visited pediatric cancer patients at University Hospitals.

CLEVELAND — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on Oct. 4, 2022.

Leading up to the kick-off of the Cleveland Browns' Week 5 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers, the team is working to raise money and spread awareness about cancer.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, the Browns will team up with University Hospitals to host their annual "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer" game at FirstEnergy Stadium. 

Earlier this week, members of the Browns organization, including Joel Bitonio, Michael Dunn, Wyatt Teller, Jacob Phillips and Cade York visited with oncology patients at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. 

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The group also spent time with pediatric patients at UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospitals. 

Prior to Sunday's game, Tiffany Bauman, a 10-year survivor of stage three breast cancer will sing the national anthem. 

Cancer survivor Gina Cortes will be the Browns' honorary coin toss captain on Sunday as well. At age 20, Cortes was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor while attending college at Kent State University. Since her battle, she has begun to help others by creating Gina's Journey to help those with cancer.

The cancer awareness initiative that is in its 14th consecutive year between the NFL and its 32 teams recently expanded in order to raise awareness, encourage early detection and address risk reduction efforts for breast cancer as well as other types of cancer. 

The Browns organization stated that many players on the team have been affected by cancer, including Dunn, Teller and Phillips. Dunn’s wife, Marissa, discovered she had breast cancer in 2019. Both Phillips’ grandfather and Teller’s grandfather also faced forms of cancer.  

On Sunday, the player gear and the end zones will feature the color pink in order to raise awareness for breast cancer. 

Game-worn merchandise from Sunday's game will be auctioned HERE. All of the auction proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on Oct. 4, 2022.

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