PROVO — As usual, former University of Utah football star Trevor Reilly isn’t dodging anything — especially when it comes to pediatric cancer.
“It affects everybody,” Reilly said. “Right now we’re trying to find ways to prevent it and to find it earlier.”
For Reilly, it’s personal, very personal. His daughter Shayn is currently in remission.
Reilly said his beloved 2-year-old is doing very well these days.
“She hasn’t had any sign of cancer. She’s doing very, very good and the outlook is very good for her,” he explained. “She should be OK. She’ll be fine.”
On Saturday, June 27 — at the Liberty Square Apartment Complex in Provo (556 North 400 East) — Shayn’s father is taking the battle to a public competition. The New York Jets linebacker is participating in a dodgeball tournament to increase awareness of pediatric cancer and help raise funds for the Millie’s Princess Foundation, an organization dedicated to giving financial support to families impacted by childhood cancers.
“I’ll have a team and you’ll get to play against some NFL guys and you’ll get to play against some collegiate guys,” Reilly said. “So it should be a fun time.”
Check-in for the double-elimination tournament is 9 a.m. Games start 30 minutes later. The cost is $100 per team (six players) with all proceeds going to the charity.
“Every dollar raised will be put towards housing families that can’t afford housing and basic things when their kids come here from out of town, or even in town, and get treatment,” said Reilly, who noted that Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City is a hub for pediatric cancer patients.
Reilly, who would like to raise $10,000, will be joined at the event by Jake Murphy of the Cincinnati Bengals and others from the NFL. Current BYU and Utah football players are also expected to participate. Food trucks, inflatables for the kids and live music are among other festivities planned. An NFL player autograph session is set for 10-11:30 a.m. Signed memorabilia, including items from Kyle Van Noy of the Detroit Lions, will be available. Items will be raffled off throughout the event.
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