Luke’s Story with P.U.N.T.
Buffalo Bills Tight End Dawson Knox, a native of Brentwood, Tennessee, 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. In 2021, our Locker program which serves as a vehicle to provide families with critical daily essentials such as gas and grocery cards, parking and meal vouchers was named “Dawson’s Locker” as a tribute to his impact.
On August 17th, 2022, Dawson unexpectedly lost his younger brother Luke at 22 years of age. Like Dawson, Luke played college football at Ole Miss and had just transferred to Florida International University. Like his older brother, Luke was cherished deeply for his strong faith, and his kind and caring nature.
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 totaled over $200,000. Most donations were made in the amount of $16.88, which reflected both Dawson and Luke’s football numbers.
P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborative is privileged to use a portion of those proceeds to establish a counterpart to Dawson’s Locker program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
“Luke’s Locker ” will lift burdens every day for families facing pediatric cancer, providing peace, comfort and support that are core values of the Knox family . It also signifies the powerful impact that a community can make when galvanizing for good. This is Luke’s Legacy.