Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer 7d

Jason McCourty to host comedy night to fight sickle cell

BEREA, Ohio -- Jason McCourty and his twin brother Devin (of the New England Patriots) have seen firsthand the effects of sickle cell disease.

“My aunt and my uncle both suffer from the disease,” McCourty said this week as the Browns prepare to face the Lions on Sunday in Detroit. “My father suffered from the trait.”

So the McCourtys have dedicated themselves to doing something about it. Monday, McCourty will present a comedy night fundraiser at the Cleveland Improv. His brother holds a casino night.

Proceeds will benefit the McCourtys' Tackle Sickle Cell campaign, with donations going to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals in Cleveland.

McCourty held similar comedy nights in Nashville when he played for the Titans. This is is his first season with the Browns. McCourty could not say how much he’s raised over the years, but he said his brother’s casino night in the Boston area a year ago raised $200,000.

“Just looking to have a good time,” McCourty said. “Looking to have some of the guys come out, raise awareness, raise money. … Should be a good time. Just want to be able to do my part and give back in the community and be a presence there.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at TackleSickleCell.org.

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