Seattle Seahawk Garry Gilliam Remains Connected To Four Diamonds

Garry Gilliam made the most of his time while at Penn State, taking advantage of every opportunity that came his way. On the gridiron, he worked his way from being a sparingly-used tight end to a key tackle along Penn State’s offensive line, later securing himself a roster spot and starting role with the Seattle Seahawks. Off the field, he made his impact through THON, using his platform as a member of the football team to make a positive impact for a cause dear to his heart.

Although he’s moved on from Happy Valley, his passion for THON still burns strong. Players in the NFL are fortunate to have one of the most recognizable platforms in the world at their disposal, and Gilliam’s decided to use it to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund.

“Playing at Penn State gave me a strong connection to the Four Diamonds through my experience with THON,” Gilliam said in an interview with the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group. “This season, I want to make an impact both on and off the field, back in my hometown and the city whose colors I wear proudly,” he added via his PledgeIt page.

Gilliam teamed up with his fellow offensive line mates to raise money for both the Four Diamonds Fund and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Seattle based research center committed to eradicating deadly diseases.

To collect funds for his initiative, Gilliam started a PledgeIt page where he urges willing fans to either pledge each time the Seahawks score a rushing touchdown, or make a one-time donation. The profits generated from the page will be split between the Fred Hutchinson Center and the Four Diamonds Fund.

So far in 2015, Gilliam’s PledgeIt page has generated $241.77 per rushing touchdown, and $3,445 overall. Gilliam hopes to reach a total of $10,000, and fans can help him reach his goal by donating here.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

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