A Former Bears Player Does Something Amazing For Childhood Cancer #GoodVibes

Charles 'Peanut' Tillman

September 3, 2019

Christian Petersen

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Charles 'Peanut' Tillman is using his fame and notoriety as an NFL star to help sick children.

Over the weekend he completed the Lake Michigan row for childhood cancer!

He rowed 65 miles from Saint Joesph, Indiana to Chicago's 31st Street Harbor in a boat that he built. 

Thank you @sportsillustrated @sifullframe and @cavedoorproductions #row4kids #65dollarsfor65miles #10daysleft @thebeckleyfoundation

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Tillman rowed with long-time friend and charity partner Jacob Beckley and they said, "Our hope is to support families and children affected by childhood cancer by generating awareness, funding for research and spurring renewed vigor to fight back against the disease."

Tillman has been a supporter of childhood cancer charities since 2008 when he was daughter was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and had to have a heart transplant. He noticed how childhood cancers don't get enough funding and he wanted to do what he could to help.

Beckley and Tillman began building their rowboat from scratch at the beginning of the year and actually had to learn how to row before their journey.

The two were so exhausted during the trip but had some help along the way. The owner of Land Craft Inc, Captain Keith Lekberg followed the two in a “chase boat” with food and medical supplies to ensure their safety.

Stamina for the journey fueled by service for others. Tillman wants to punch home a point: We’re all in the same boat. #GoodVibes

#Row4Kids #65Dollarsfor65Miles @thebeckleyfoundation

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