A 21-year-old Vanderbilt football player lost his battle to cancer now the team is stepping up

Posted at 5:16 AM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 09:48:41-04

Family and friends of Turner Cockrell continue to honor his legacy by hosting a fundraiser that will go towards pediatric cancer research.

During the Vanderbuilt v. LSU game, the 2 hour fundraiser will kickoff to raise 50,000 dollars for a pediatric oncology discovery grant at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The initiative is called "82 hours to make a difference" in honor of Turner Cockrell is jersey number was 82 while is was on the football team and he was 21 years old when is lost his battle to cancer.

His parents and a close friend began a non-profit called "Turner's Heroes" because he was into superheros.

The foundation holds superhero themed events for you young patients and rises money for research.

Head football coach Derek Mason says he will match 25 thousand of the donations.

To donate to the fundraiser, go to or you can text HERO82 to 44321.