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Browns garden at Hope Lodge

Posted May 9, 2013

CLEVELAND -- Members of the Cleveland Browns visited the Hope Lodge on Wednesday to landscape and help the patients plant gardens.

CLEVELAND -- Members of the Cleveland Browns’ roster and front office spent Wednesday afternoon planting flowers, as well as herbs and vegetables in the garden beds and green space at Hope Lodge.

Hope Lodge is a free-of-charge home provided by the American Cancer Society for cancer patients and their families who are staying in the Cleveland area for life-saving treatments.

“The outdoor space we are at is a peaceful and tranquil place for the families to spend time and we wanted to help by planting flowers, making garden pavers and benches, but most importantly, spending time with some of the families and letting them know we care,” said Renee Harvey, vice president of community outreach for the Browns.

“In speaking with the individuals battling cancer, their strength and resiliency is nothing short of amazing and we hope they know the Browns are behind them. Many of them told us they don’t know how they would have been able to receive the treatments if it weren’t for Hope Lodge. They all feel so comfortable at the facility and thankful for their services.”

Wednesday’s event was part of the Browns’ ongoing support for breast cancer awareness and was illustrated through the planting of pink flowers throughout various green spaces at Hope Lodge.

“The American Cancer Society is proud to partner with the Cleveland Browns to help do the gardens for our Hope Lodge,” said Alexandra Hauser Vukoder, senior director of media relations for the American Cancer Society. “We’re really excited and we’re really proud of our partnership. It’s a fun, meaningful way for the Cleveland Browns to make a difference right here in Cleveland, and it means so much to our cancer patients, who are Cleveland Browns fans.

“We’re really lucky here in Cleveland that we have such fine cancer institutions. People come from all over the state, all over the country, frankly, all over the world to receive treatment here in Cleveland, but they’re away from home, so the Hope Lodge provides a place for them to have comfort and stay free of charge.”

Tight ends Jordan Cameron and Dan Gronkowski, defensive backs Trevin Wade, Eric Hagg and Johnson Bademosi, and fullback Owen Marecic took part in the event.

“Football, at the end of the day, is just a game, and helping people is really what it’s all about,” Cameron said. “Especially for guys in our position, we’re able to do so, and with everyone setting these things up, it’s awesome that we have these opportunities. It definitely feels good to be out here and help other people. It’s a very rewarding experience, and I don’t think anything else feels better than helping someone else and putting a smile on someone else’s face.”

Wade added, “The number one thing I like to do is smile, so just to see someone else smile, that can make me have a better week, just to know I made another person smile and helped out and brought some joy here.”