On July 18th, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy was given another chance to team up with the non profit foundation, Lauren’s First and Goal. LFG provides financial support for those suffering from brain tumors and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer.

Kente Binford is a 12 year old boy who has a smile that can light up a room no matter the circumstances. When he was 5 years old he went in for a routine check up for headaches. After an MRI, a cancerous tumor was discovered covering a large section of his brain. Throughout the next 4 years Kente had 5 surgeries and numerous chemotherapy & radiation treatments. The idea of hospice was brought to the families attention, but Kente continued to fight for his life.

After a five year ordeal stemming from a routine doctor’s visit, Kente is in remission and doing great! He is able to play catch with his Papa, basketball and video games with his friends and find a new passion in cooking! He spent a day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy this past week, was surprised by a Braxton Miller visit, who he met years ago during one of his many hospital visits. Gathering in a huddle with Braxton and the offense, he was able to get into some game action! On a sweep left play, and his teammates blocking for him, Kente scored his touchdown. All PFHOFA campers rallied around him, picked him up and chanted his name. He was presented with a game ball signed from all the Academy coaches which consisted of former NFL legends like Rod Woodson. His mom, Tiffany and his Grandparents were so grateful for the Hall of Fame experience and the chance to score during the Academy.

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