Eric Berry carved out a place in Tennessee football history at Neyland Stadium and is doing the same in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs but it is the inspiration he has given so many off the field that might be his biggest contribution to the communities he touches.
Berry recently was announced as the guest speaker for Tailgating Against Cancer 6th annual golf tournament raising money in memory of Stephen Coleman. The event will begin on May 17 at Barley's in downtown Maryville.
Coleman lost his courageous three-year battle with brain cancer in 2011 after 37 years of being a loyal Volunteer fan.
The Coleman family has dedicated themselves to continuing Stephen's legacy in raising funds in his memory. Tailgating Against Cancer finds inspiration in supporting other cancer patients, their families and physicians who take on the battle against cancer. The non-profit organization goal in raising funds for a fellowship in medical oncology at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and the UT Graduate School of Medicine.
There couldn't be a more fitting supporter of Tailgating Against Cancer than Berry. Berry shocked the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with cancer on Dec. 8, 2014. As the guest speaker at the reception for the 6th annual event, Berry will tell his inspirational story of triumph on May 17 about his diagnoses of this terrible disease and how he just over a year later he would be named the NFL comeback player of the year.
"I look forward to being back in Knoxville May 17 for the Stephen Coleman Tournament reception. Tailgating Against Cancer is doing great things with UT Medical Center to raise money for an oncology endowment. It will be a great night to remember Stephen and raise money for the Cancer Institute," Berry told InsideTennesee.
Participants and major sponsors of the golf tournament are invited to the reception on May 17.
The 6th annual golf tournament tees off on Friday, May 19 at Eqwani Farms with tee times both in the morning and afternoon.
Anyone wishing to join the Coleman Family and friends in their journey to raise $500,000 to fund an endowment to UT Medical Center by being a participant or sponsor the event can visit http://tailgatingagainstcancer.org/registration/ or contact Landon Coleman at 865-389-5574.