Several months ago, New York Jets running back Bilal Powell suffered a devastating loss to an unanticipated opponent.
His friend, a positive figure in Powell’s life, was 36 when he succumbed to the disease.
Shortly thereafter, Powell made a commitment to champion the fight against it. He teamed up with the Colon Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising overall awareness for colorectal cancer and supporting preventative and research programs.
This week, Powell – along with representatives from the foundation – visited colorectal cancer survivors, patients and clinicians to learn more about what others can do to help prevent and combat the disease. He also launched a Crowdrise campaign that will directly benefit the Foundation’s efforts.
Powell’s involvement will also make its way onto the field this season. In Week 13, he will pay tribute to those impacted by colorectal cancer through the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” platform. Helping design the customized cleats is renowned artist SolesBySir, who will incorporate nods to Powell’s friend, current patients and the Foundation. Powell will be donating his game worn jersey and cleats after the game.
For more information on Powell’s cause and how you can help, visit www.crowdrise.com/bestseatsinthehouse.
Full Video of Bilal’s visit to the hospital: