I am teaming up with fellow Cornellians to run in the Cleveland Virtual Marathon to fundraise for the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF). CLF is leading the fight against concussions and CTE, and we are proud to support their programs that are leading us to world without CTE and concussion safety without compromise. If you’d like to learn more, here is their annual report and the founder’s TED Talk and a Malcolm Gladwell podcast about their impact.
While I was at Cornell, I crossed paths with Tom McHale. Tom was a special guy with an enormous heart and was a star lineman for the Big Red football team. He went on to play for the Bucs, Eagles, and Dolphins in a nine-year NFL career. He and his lovely wife Lisa, another Cornellian, had three beautiful children together and lived in Tampa. Tragically and unexpectedly, Tom passed away in 2008 at age 45. The circumstances around his death led Lisa to donate Tom’s brain to CTE research in Boston. He later became the second former NFL player to be diagnosed with CTE by Dr. Ann McKee at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. His death, diagnosis, and Lisa’s subsequent involvement with the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s work have been paramount to our collective understanding of the connection between football and CTE.
To honor Tom and other former Cornell football players affected by CTE, I’m joining CLF’s Team Cornell in this year’s virtual Cleveland Marathon. Please make a gift and join me as I run in Tom's memory.
Donate to help Jeremy raise money for 2021 Cleveland Marathon’s fundraising campaign.
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