Reigning National Champion Coach Urban Meyer visits St. Jude

    Reigning National Champion Coach Urban Meyer visits St. Jude

    Urban Meyer, the head coach of college football’s reigning national champion, the University of Florida Gators, took a break from the competitive world of college football and spent some time with the patients of St. Jude on July 15.

    Meyer, who led the Gators to their second national championship in three years in January, toured the labs and patient areas of St. Jude to learn more about the lifesaving mission of the hospital.

    “Meeting the patients and families was incredibly inspiring,” he said about his daylong visit to the hospital. “Seeing what goes on here makes you realize how fortunate you are to have healthy children. I also was truly amazed to learn how St. Jude has been such a strong leader in childhood cancer research.”

    Meyer also toured the Chili’s Care Center as well as the three domiciliary care facilities: the Memphis Grizzlies House, Ronald McDonald House and Target House. At Target House, Meyer met St. Jude patient Trevor, an avid LSU fan, and the two shared friendly banter over whose team is supreme.

    “I hope to team up with St. Jude to help support the courageous kids who are fighting for their lives,” said Meyer. “And I want to encourage the great coaches, players and fans of college football to join together and support St. Jude.”


    August 2009