Fighting cancer in honor of Coleman

April, 30, 2010
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One of the neatest things I've read recently came courtesy of my ESPN The Magazine colleague Bruce Feldman, who has a moving piece on Josiah Greene, an Auburn student deployed with his Army Reserve unit overseas on a peacekeeping mission to Kosovo.

Greene has started a tribute fund with St. Jude in honor of Auburn signee Shon Coleman, who's battling leukemia. Greene told Feldman that he's raised about $7,600 in honor of Coleman to help fund cancer research at St. Jude.

DeKeisha Tunstall, Coleman's mother, said Greene's initial e-mail offering to help brought tears to her eyes.

"Josiah is a very special young man, and for him to do this is truly amazing," Tunstall said. "Neither he nor any of the St. Jude donors have ever met my son or family, but they care enough to donate to ensure that Shon and other St. Jude patients continue to receive the best care available. That just means so much. Every donor is literally saving a child's life."

Fans wanting to keep up with Coleman's progress can go to the CaringBridge site where his mother is keeping a journal.

"Since Shon's diagnosis several weeks ago, there has been such a huge outpouring of love and support from across the country, and that support is what helps us face this devastating disease head-on every day," she said. "It is really amazing that everyone is lending a hand. St. Jude has received donations from our Auburn family and other schools who would normally be fierce football rivals to AU. In this situation, rivalries have been set aside to meet a common goal. It's a beautiful thing, and we are so grateful."

Chris Low | email

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