NFL players visit St. Jude to help tackle cancer

Photography by Peter Barta

The National Football League’s youth health and fitness campaign, NFL PLAY 60, has teamed up with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help all kids have a chance to play 60. As the new “Official Champion of Play,” NFL PLAY 60 will support St. Jude’s Child Life program. Child Life helps children cope with the stress of their illness through therapeutic play and peer interaction.

Recent NFL draftees Barrett Jones (St. Louis Rams) and Matt Barkley (Philadelphia Eagles) visited the hospital last week — to inspire our patients and to let our patients inspire them. Jones and Barkley got a special tour of the hospital to see all the amazing things that happen every day at St. Jude. They also got to meet Markell, a 13-year-old osteosarcoma patient, who would later travel to New York City for the NFL Draft. The Louisiana-native took the stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce a first-round pick for his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints.

To learn how you can be part of NFL PLAY 60 and help patients like Markell visit