Mason Crosby helps raise money for cancer patients and family members
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay Packers player, Mason Crosby, has a personal connection to the fight against cancer.
"It's been kind of a wild year, for sure," Crosby said.
Crosby is known for his big leg on the football field but he's not talking football today.
"That's the scary part. It doesn't seem to avoid any family, any person," Crosby said.
The opponent he's referring to is cancer.
The disease that's directly affected his family, four different times.
"My grandmother was taken by cancer a few years ago. This past year, my sister-in-law was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. And gosh, just recently my great-aunt and my grandmother were both diagnosed with breast cancer. It's hitting home and every time it's now like, that's why I'm doing this," Crosby said.
What he's doing is helping with the Vince Lombardi Golf Classic, which benefits the Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
It raises money for cancer research and education.
The event takes place in Menominee Falls and was one of the first fundraisers Crosby attended as a Packer.
"They asked me to come and be co-chair and try to get more current guys, get some word out and try to get the buzz going again," said Crosby.
It was a natural fit, because Crosby loves golf.
He did his job. For the past five years, the event has been sold out.
"The people that show up and that pay to come and play in the event, are just great, solid people that have good hearts and really want to make a difference," said Crosby.
He says meeting the doctors and patients who are fighting cancer has been eye-opening for him.
"It's amazing hearing the stories, seeing the fight that people have, how they can overcome. Those things are motivational," said Crosby.
And knowing how it has affected his own family, it's those very people who inspire him to continue making a difference for others.
"I do it because I want to come along side people. I want to have a relationship and help where I can. I'm just so fortunate to be able to do what I do every day, come in and play football for a living. I'm just called to give back as much as possible," said Crosby.