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Cortland Finnegan Encourages Cancer Patient

Cortland Finnegan and Kelsey Towns Cortland Finnegan and Kelsey Towns

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Because of the lockout, there have been no team organized workouts this offseason. The Titans did manage to put together a player-organized mini-camp earlier this month at Father Ryan. Many people probably know Cortland Finnegan organized the workouts at Father Ryan, but few know where that relationship with the school started.

It's a story about a compassionate cornerback and a high school volleyball player with a big smile and an even bigger heart.

In June of 2010, Kelsey Towns, a starter on the Father Ryan High School Volleyball team felt a lump in her right leg and decided to get it checked out.

Surgery removed a mass the size of a potato from Kelsey's right thigh, just two weeks later, she was back walking and ready to return to her team, but a return trip to her doctor brought unexpected news.

"She was like, 'Actually, it's not what we expected.  It's synovial sarcoma.'  And obviously, I don't really know anything about cancer.  Didn't know what chemo is.  Didn't know what radiation was when I started.  And so I was like, 'What's sarcoma?'  I didn't know it meant cancer," explained Towns.

It's actually a rare form of cancer found in just over one in two million people.

During her recovery, Cortland Finnegan and Ryan Mouton came to visit.

"I thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world -- besides my wife," explained Finnegan. "She lit my day up with her smile. And the rest is history."

After that, Finnegan dropped of an autographed jersey and tickets to every home game as a get well gift.

"I got out of chemo on Friday morning, and I knew I had until Sunday morning to get better," Kelsey explained of her Sunday sanctuary.

The Finnegans think so much of Kelsey they named their newborn daughter after her.  As for Kelsey, she's been in remission for six months.

 She plans to go to Western Kentucky this fall where she will study nursing so she can help and encourage other cancer patients. She says it's not that far away, so she still plans to make at least a couple Sunday trips back to watch Cortland and the Titans.


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