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Cleveland Browns pay a special visit to the University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center

There is nothing that can make a person feel as alone and isolated as being diagnosed with cancer. In spite of a small army of medical personnel doing their best to insure survival many patients sometimes feel lost. This is why a visit while undergoing therapy can be as vital for the patient’s return to a healthy and active life as the various drugs and treatments needed to beat this disease. This is especially true when the visitors just happen to be members of our cities beloved Cleveland Browns.

This past Tuesday, seven members of the team paid a visit to the University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center in order to visit with various patients and to cheer them up with some special gifts. Those team members participating included DL Danny Shelton, TE Randall Telfer, TE J.P. Holtz, DL Shon Coleman, QB DeShone Kizer and OL Marcus Martin. These men used their one off day in order to visit with the various patients who are fighting different forms of cancer.

The visit was part of the Cleveland Browns “Give Back” campaign in support of Crucial Catch and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Prior to visiting the patients, the players made a stop at the hospital’s Le Salon that is a free nail and wig salon that is part of the American Cancer Society Wig Salon Program for patients in the Seidman Cancer Center. Here, they delivered some hats that the patients could wear prior to being fitted for their wigs.

As the team members made their way throughout the hospital complex they also took time to visit with the various staff of doctors, nurses and medical aids, thanking them for their dedication and service.

Along with the Cleveland Browns supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, supporting the American Cancer Society and the team’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Initiative” that is part of the “A Crucial Catch” campaign the organization will be recognizing a group of breast cancer survivors during the pregame festivities of the October 8 Jets game at First Energy Stadium.

Overall, the visit is part of the Cleveland Browns Give Back and their commitment to #give10 that is part of the team’s signature First and Ten volunteering campaign where players engage in community volunteer work each Tuesday on the player’s day off.

The First and Ten Campaign came about in June of 2014 in an effort to inspire fans to donate ten hours a year of volunteer work in their communities. Fans are encouraged to register online on the Cleveland Brown’s web site ( and clicking on “Give Back”. Once registered and having completed their volunteer work they are invited back to share their experience with others.

University hospital was founded in 1866 and serves the community of Northeast Ohio through a network of 18 hospitals, over 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in fifteen counties. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, dermatology, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at UH – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, visit

American Cancer Society Wig Salon Program

The American Cancer Society provides this free community resource to help cancer patients manage the impact of cancer on their lives. The goal of the program is to provide a quality new wig free of charge in a safe comfortable environment. The American Cancer Society can provide a human hair or synthetic hair wig, based on the woman’s preferences. In partnership with Pantene, the Society has provided more than 42,000 real-hair wigs to women coping with hair loss due to cancer. American Cancer Society Wig Salons are hosted at multiple locations in the community and are a part of a suite of comprehensive resources for any cancer related concern. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

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Who is Mark Horning?

Over the course of my life I have worked a variety of jobs including newspapers, retail camera sales and photography. Eight years ago I embarked on yet another career as writer. This included articles concerning sports and cultural events in Cleveland, Ohio as well reviews of the many theatrical productions around town. These days are spent photographing professional dance groups, theater companies and various galas and festivals as well as attending various stage performances and posting reviews about them.  

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