Families from the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Special Olympics were Finnegan's guests. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services and Special Olympics isan international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.
Finnegan treated the families to a full Christmas dinner with turkey, ham, cornbread pudding, vegetables and countless desserts. He greeted the crowd as they sat down to eat at LP Field's West Club. This is the third year Finnegan has hosted groups from both non-profit organizations.
Finnegan's teammates, Michael Griffin and Kyle Vanden Bosch were also on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with families during the evening. In addition, Titans Cheerleaders were also on hand to mingle with guests. Finnegan was named a 2009 Titans Community All-Star for his work in the community through efforts such as this.
"I am so blessed and Christmas is a time to give," said Finnegan to the crowd. "I wanted to bring everyone together again this year and I'm thankful for all of the families here. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy New Year."
For more information about Cortland Finnegan's foundation, visit http://www.ark31.org/
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has investedmore than $550.8 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers. To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Tennessee, how to volunteer, contribute or benefit from services, log on to www.lls.org/tn
About Special Olympics Tennessee:
Special Olympics is a year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 14,000 special athletes throughout Tennessee participate in one or more of the 17 different sports offered during the year.
To learn more about Special Olympics Tennessee, how to contribute, volunteer, or register an eligible athlete with an intellectual disability, visit their website at http://www.specialolympicstn.org/