MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR NASHVILLE FAMILIES FIGHTING PEDIATRIC CANCER THROUGH LUKE’S LOCKER
P.U.N.T. is a public charity with a critical mission: offer direct support and financial assistance to families who are facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
We are honored to bring this support and assistance to families in Nashville through our Luke’s Locker program, which partners with medical social workers and psychologists to distribute critical support for day-to-day needs.
Buffalo Bills Tight End Dawson Knox has been a powerful game-changer for the Western New York based public charity P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborative since his rookie year in 2019. His firm commitment to helping families who must face a pediatric cancer diagnosis has strengthened the organization’s mission and impact.
On August 17, 2022, Dawson unexpectedly lost his younger brother Luke at 22 years of age. As a show of honor and respect for both Dawson and Luke, Buffalo Bills fans (also known as #BillsMafia) created a movement on social media to provide support to P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborative which resulted in $230,000 from 9050 donations. Most contributions were made in the amount of $16.88 to reflect both Dawson and Luke’s football numbers.
P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborativehas established Luke’s Locker in memory of Luke Knox will be used to incept a counterpart to Dawson’s Locker program to run at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Dawson and Luke’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. “Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt sees approximately 300 new patients with cancer each year,” said Debra Friedman, MD, who holds the E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology and is director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Monroe Carell. “Our Pediatric Cancer Program takes a team approach, caring for the whole child and the whole family. This gift from P.U.N.T. to establish Luke’s Locker will provide vital support for childhood cancer patients while also honoring Luke’s legacy of kindness and compassion.”