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Saints players visited the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center on Tuesday

Saints players visited with cancer patients, autographed memorabilia and posed for photos

New Orleans Saints players Zach Hocker, Justin Drescher, Joseph Morgan, Seantavius Jones, Senio Kelemente, Akiem Hicks, Brandin Cooks, Tim Lelito, Terron Armstead and Stephone Anthony visited cancer patients at The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center located on the Ochsner Medical Center campus Tuesday.

The patients were greeted by each player, and after being presented with a bag of Saints items, were given the opportunity to have photos taken with the players, prints of which will be delivered to them.

Some patients and their family members were prepared with some of their own Saints memorbilia, which they had autographed by all of the players.

Cooks, in his second season with the Saints, spoke about his appreciation for events like this.

"It means a lot to me due to the fact that I have a sister-in-law who has breast cancer and had a very close relative of mine who died of cancer, so it's definitely a special day to be able to do something like this and see the smiles on their faces."

The partnership between the New Orleans Saints and Ochsner clearly means a great deal to each player, as they enjoyed their time and interactions with patients.

Cooks pointed out the importance of the partnership and what it means for the Saints.

"It's crazy, just from doing this how happy they can be and how much it can make their day," he said. "So when it makes their day, it makes ours as well."

C/G Senio Kelemete, WR Joseph Morgan, G Tim Lelito, WR Seantavius Jones, T Terron Armstead, LS Justin Drescher, DE Akiem Hicks, K Zach Hocker, WR Brandin Cooks and LB Stephone Anthony visited Ochsner on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

"It means a lot to me due to the fact that I have a sister in law who has breast cancer and I had a very close relative of mine who died of cancer so it's a definitely a special day to be able to do something like this and see the smiles on their faces." 

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