Twin Brothers, NFL Stars Jason & Devin McCourty To Host Blood Drive at RWJUH

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, twin brothers and NFL stars, Jason & Devin McCourty will host a blood drive from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at RWJUH.

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, twin brothers and NFL stars, Jason & Devin McCourty will host a blood drive from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, located at One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. This blood drive is an annual event in support of the McCourty Twins Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign, which was launched in partnership with Embrace Kids Foundation in 2013.

The Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign aims to educate the public, increase blood donors, and raise money & awareness for the fight against sickle cell disease. Through this partnership, Embrace Kids Foundation has provided $100,000 in scholarships to young adults with Sickle Cell since the beginning of the TSC Campaign.

All blood donors will receive a restaurant gift card, a photo signed by the McCourty Twins and a Tackle Sickle Cell t-shirt. Donors are strongly encouraged to pre-register and schedule an appointment online at TackleSickleCell.org. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health (16yr olds may donate with written parental consent and weigh a minimum of 120 pounds). Bring photo I.D. Please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donation.

“Blood donation is such a crucial part of helping sickle cell patients, which is why this event is so important to ourselves and Embrace Kids Foundation,” said Jason McCoutry. The twins have set a lofty goal for this year’s event. “We’re hoping everyone will join the team and come donate so we want to set a record together,” said Devin. “We want to top our friends with the Rutgers Wrestling team by getting over 200 donors on February 18th!”

Jason, a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans and Devin, a safety for the New England Patriots, have had a number of memorable achievements on the field, but recently it’s their work in the community that is gaining them recognition. The twins have both been nominated in 2015 & 2016 for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award, the highest honor the NFL Players Association can bestow on a player. The award recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. They’ve also both been nominated for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award multiple times in recent years. In May of 2016, the twins were both inducted into The Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor the university can bestow upon an alumni.

About Embrace Kids Foundation:
Embrace Kids Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, just minutes from Rutgers University. Embrace Kids Foundation offers programs and support services for over 200 sickle cell families.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) is a 965-bed hospital with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, offering Central New Jersey residents expanded access to the highest quality medical services and a wider array of innovative therapies available at only a small number of elite academic medical centers nationwide. RWJ’s New Brunswick and Somerset campuses are now part of RWJBarnabas Health. RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations.
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.