Larry Ogunjobi, Rashard Higgins, Greg Joseph and Rod Streater visited University Hospitals Seidman Center to meet with patients fighting cancer.
CLEVELAND — Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins and three of his teammates visited University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center on Tuesday to support and lift up the spirits of those receiving treatment there.
It was Higgins and Co., however, who left feeling rejuvenated and grateful for the experience.
“My purpose in this world I figured out is to give to others,” Higgins said, “and if being here can inspire somebody to keep going then that’s why I’m here.”
The visit hit close to home for Higgins, a third-year player who lost his father to liver cancer back in college. He could empathize and understand what patients here are going through and grew emotional while speaking with an older woman receiving treatment.
“I came in and gave her a bag and she had already lit up. I could just see the frustration in her eyes almost and I kind of know what that feels like because of my dad and I know what she's going through,” Higgins said.
“We kind of connected right then and there. I just told her to keep going, I’m always here and God is always the answer. I know it may be hard now, but it’s going to handle itself out.”
Higgins, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, kicker Greg Joseph and wide receiver Rod Streater visited the Seidman Cancer Center in support of the NFL Crucial Catch campaign.
Continuing in 2018, the NFL, Browns and American Cancer Society have broadened the scope of their efforts to tackle multiple types of cancer, in addition to breast cancer. The Browns will display its full support of the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign during Sunday’s game against the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium.
In addition to various in-stadium elements, the team will recognize survivors of various forms of cancer on the field pregame. Individuals were nominated by friends and family members and ultimately selected by the American Cancer Society.
Through Browns Give Back, the Cleveland 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.
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.