Cam Johnson, Christian Kirksey, Ricardo Louis, and Cody Parkey spend the afternoon with kids at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.
CLEVELAND — Browns tackle Shon Coleman, who overcame cancer while playing at Auburn, continues to be something of an inspiration to those fighting similar battles.
This time, it was Tuesday at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, where Coleman, linebackers Demario Davis, Christian Kirksey and Cam Johnson, kicker Cody Parkey and wide receiver Ricardo Louis visited as part of the team's First and Ten volunteering campaign.
Coleman and Davis helped create a particularly special moment for 20-year-old Josh Herron, a sophomore baseball player at Baldwin Wallace University and Brunswick native who was diagnosed with leukemia last fall.
Davis exchanged numbers with Herron so the pair could keep in touch while Coleman helped remind him that "there's always hope, there's always motivation."
"I've been through a couple of things that they've been through," he said. "You gotta keep their spirits up. And our main thing is to make them feel good about what they're going through."
Herron's mother, Dawn, said Josh is set to return to school next fall as his treatment phases out. "He's solid, he's strong and keeps a good sense of humor," she said.
Josh, a standout athlete at Brunswick High School, is studying math and education at Baldwin Wallace in hopes of someday combining those two interests. "He has huge passion for coaching and sports," Dawn said.
And on this afternoon, Davis and Coleman helped keep him focused on those goals.
"I think it's a huge uplift for him," Dawn said. "Just to, one, know that other people care and the connection in the community and other people that are out there doing bigger and better things, knowing that this is bump in the road and you can still be healthy and physical and get back to what normal life should be.
"I think it's a sign of hope for him," she continued, "It happens to other people and good things can still come."
Internationally renowned, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is a full-service children's hospital and pediatric academic medical center with experts in 16 medical divisions and 11 surgical specialties who offer nationally ranked care not available at other institutions in the region, including a center dedicated to adolescent and young adult cancer treatment and Northeast Ohio's only single-site provider of advanced maternal fetal medicine and neonatology services.
As an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the region, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital offers access to novel therapies, advanced technologies and clinical discoveries long before they are available nationwide.
Rainbow pediatric specialists – all of whom also serve on the faculty at the School of Medicine – are engaged in today's most advanced clinical research and are widely regarded as the best in the nation – and in some specialties, the best in the world. Learn more at www.Rainbow.org.
As part of Browns Give Back, the Browns are continuing their commitment to #give10 through the team's signature First and Ten volunteering campaign during the offseason after engaging the community throughout the season each Tuesday on the players' day off.
Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign was 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. Fans are encouraged to share how they give back in their communities by tagging their stories #give10 on social media.