Former high school football star turned pro is MVP for neuroblastoma charity
INDIANAPOLIS, January 7, 2015 – The Colts’ former right tackle Ryan Diem teamed up with the NFL Alumni Association Indy chapter to raise $2,500 to support an organization dedicated to fighting a deadly childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.
Diem arguably has been the “most valuable player” for the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation, helping to raise $1 million for the Chicago-based charity over the last 10 years.
Just before Christmas, Diem and his fellow NFL alums and friends met up at TwoDEEP Brewery. Diem served up suds to patrons from behind the bar and TwoDEEP donated $1 for every beer purchased that night for a total of $300. Guests chipped in an additional $300 in tips, the NFL alumni group wrote a check to CNCF for $1,150, and Diem made a matching donation for the beer sales and tips.
Neuroblastoma is a deadly cancer that strikes primarily infants and toddlers. Only 40 percent of patients with advanced stage disease survive, and there is a high rate of relapse. CNCF was founded in 2000 by parents of neuroblastoma patients to raise awareness of the disease and to fund research and clinical trials.
“We depend on the generosity of others, and there are a lot of people who have stuck with us through the years, but there’s nobody like Ryan,” said CNCF President and co-founder Pat Tallungan. “Ryan and his family have been unwavering in their support. Theirs is the kind of heart-felt dedication we need if we are to eradicate this terrible disease. I’m grateful to Ryan, the NFL alumni chapter in Indianapolis and TwoDEEP Brewery for supporting us.
Neuroblastoma affects families all over the world. We can do something about it.”
Diem made an appearance last summer at CNCF’s 10th
parent medical conference in Oak Brook, Illinois, and he has enlisted friends from the sports world to support the annual Allie & Friends golf tournament, held every May in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. The event is named for a little girl who died from neuroblastoma.
Before joining the NFL, Diem was a football superstar at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois, and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
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