(Memphis) Children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital geared up for a pep rally on Wednesday with none other than Memphis’ own Michael Oher and the Tennessee Titans’ cheerleaders.
Sometimes, kids just need a chance to be kids.
“It feels great,” Mary Browderhowell said.
Browderhowell explained going through cancer treatment does not always feel so good.
“We have long chemo days,” she said.
However, days like today make a difference especially because it is her birthday.
“It’s just a chance to get away from all the doctor stuff and have fun,” Browderhowell said.
“Take their mind off their treatments and their therapy and the things that they’re going through everyday,” Michael Oher, a member of the Tennessee Titans, said. “So just to show up and if they can be happy even just for a few minutes. You know it’s great.”
The pep rally is all a part of the NFL’s Play 60 campaign.
For most kids, getting up and moving for 60 minutes is no big deal, but it is a gift for children battling cancer.
There was everything from music and food, to arts and crafts. There were also plenty of smiles to go around.
“That’s what it’s all about. They’re putting a smile on my face and I’m putting smiles on their faces,” Oher said.
After enough pictures, autographs, and memories to last a lifetime there was only one thing left to say.
“Go Titans,” Browderhowell said.