Saints punter Thomas Morstead used his strength for some good Monday, doing pull ups to help raise money for cancer patient Chris Cordaro and his kids.
Morstead set out to help raise $60,000 for a school fund for the children of Chris Cordaro, a former Saints employee who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma in the pancreas, liver, bone, spine, scalp and multiple lymph nodes in 2015.
“Chris got diagnosed three years ago,” Morstead said, via the team’s website. “I met him a number of times and just figured I’d go visit him in the hospital. He had a really bad diagnosis – I think he had two or three months to live, three years ago. Call it what you want; I call it a miracle.
“He went into remission and he’s had a few years now with his family just to be with them and go on vacation. A little bit of borrowed time, almost. He’s not doing well now and you just meet people sometimes that kind of impact you. We’ve gotten super close, we’ve had some pretty vulnerable conversations. He’s just been really faithful.
“I don’t know. When you just see somebody handling something so adverse in such an awesome way, that was kind of the pull to want to do something. I was talking with one of my priest friends here in town and he just said, ‘If you feel called to do anything, you need to do it.’ Me and my wife are doing a donation, which kicked it off. Just wanted people to know that I had skin in the game, I wasn’t just asking for people’s money, that it was important to me. It’s important to a lot of people in this Saints building.”
Thomas Morstead recently set out to raise $60,000 for the children of former Saints employee Chris Cordaro, who has been battling cancer for the past three years.https://t.co/nGSNyylxUK
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Morstead had a goal of 400 pull-ups in the hour. He has so far completed 418, and has helped raise $48,645. Two days remain in which donations can be made into the fund for Cordaro’s children, 7-year-old Ava and 4-year-old Landon.
“It means the world,” said Cordaro, who was a sales account executive with the Saints. “This guy is top-notch. He does so much for so many people. Just to be on his radar means a ton.
Morstead has been the Saints’ starting punter since 2009.
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