You know it's a great cause when the Ravens and Steelers come together and share a common goal. Players and coaches from both sides of pro football's most punishing rivalry in the past two decades will gather on May 19 in Baltimore to support the There Goes My Hero Foundation.
The foundation's mission is "restoring hope to leukemia patients and their families" and it has extra meaning for Nestor Aparicio, owner of WNST, the sports radio station that is producing the event. In March 2014, his wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Last summer, he visited 30 MLB ballparks in 30 days to raise awareness for bone marrow registry.
Brian Billick, John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin are among those scheduled to speak at the function. Former Ravens defensive back James Trapp, a cancer survivor, will be a guest. So will the Kemoeatu brothers. Ma'ake was a defensive lineman with the Ravens. Chris was an offensive lineman with the Steelers. A serious kidney problem ended Chris' NFL career after eight seasons in 2011. In 2014, Ma'ake decided to retire so he could donate a kidney to save Chris' life.
For more details and ticket information go to A Night Of Heroes: Champions & Survivors.