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Browns Community Highlights - December 7

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**The Cleveland Browns are committed to the community. Through First and Ten, the Dawg Pound is encouraged to share what they are doing to give back. Get inspired and check out what these fans are doing to help their community:
How do you give back?

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Name: Peggy Cannefax
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
How they give back:
This Fall, the Alamo Area Browns Backers sent five volunteers to work at the San Antonio Food Bank Community Kitchen. This program prepares and distributes breakfast and after school snacks to schools and partner agencies. To help the SA Food Bank restock their shelves, the Backers held a food and funds drive at their game watch party as the Browns took on the Raiders. They were excited about the results as they were able to donate nearly 110 pounds of food and nearly $300 in one day. The Backers helped contribute to this cause through this event and a couple others to make sure they were able to help combat hunger in their community.

Name: Hank Deneski
Hometown: Dayton, OH
How they give back:
Hank has been a die-hard Browns fan since 1954 and a member of the Browns Backers since the 1970's. He is devoted to his team and to raising awareness about the illness that he’s spent a large portion of his life dealing with. Hank is a 13-year head and neck cancer survivor. Three years after finishing treatment he started a regional Head & Neck and Oral Cancer Support group in Western Ohio. A few years later he started doing free Awareness & Education programs throughout Ohio at health fairs and eventually for medical professionals involved with cancer survivors. Then a few years after that he established a free Oral Cancer Screening Program in Western Ohio that serves primarily indigent and uninsured populations. Through this program more than 3,000 free screenings have been provided. Hank continues these programs while still fighting the after-effects of Head & Neck Cancer treatment. He has been through so much, but chooses to help others because it’s the right thing to do. 

Name: Kevin Gabriel
Hometown: Brunswick, OH
How they give back:
Kevin is a junior at Brunswick High School who believes he is making a huge difference in his community. For the past two years, he shaved his head for St. Baldrick's Childhood Cancers and raised nearly $4,500 on his own. Recently two young people in the community have been diagnosed with cancers, so this is what drew him to the cause. One a 4th grader at Memorial Elementary School, Colin Nemet, and a former student, Josh Herron. Josh was the First and Ten Coin Toss Captain at the Browns vs. Ravens game for his contribution to the community. Kevin told Josh that when he lost his hair during chemo while battling leukemia, that he could shave his head as well. Kevin is helping out his community the best way he knows how, by striving for greatness and making differences in the lives of everyday people. 

Name: Shelsea Weeks
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Shelsea volunteers with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and loves being able to bring the community together. She says that just being at the Food Bank, knowing that they only give out quality food, and knowing there are families who count on volunteers to help them is very rewarding.

Name: Denise Kennedy
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
How they give back:
Denise is very passionate about helping the youth in her community. Every year, the organization she volunteers for, Coalition of Ultimate Drag Racers, donates 250 book bags every year to kids getting ready to go back to school. She loves being able to help these kids and knowing that they won’t have to worry about buying a book bag for the school year.

Interested in signing up your volunteer group for First and Ten? Group forms available! Click here to learn more about how to #give10

Follow @BrownsGiveBack on Twitter and Instagram and tell us what you are doing to help others using #give10 to unite us all as Browns fans. Give 10 hours, help your community.

The Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team’s First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team’s community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Since its inception, Browns fans have committed to volunteering more than 2.0 million hours to impact their communities by pledging to #give10. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual’s city across the globe, as well as the franchise’s local community. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team’s website and by sharing their stories with #give10

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