NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jamaar Sensabaugh would be proud and his name will live on.
Sensabaugh's biggest fundraiser was a dinner and fashion show with Titans players and cheerleaders as models. Click here for photos.
Coty Sensabaugh honored his late older brother with his “A Fight for Jamaar” effort to raise money for and awareness of blood cancers as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign and raised the second highest amount of money for LLS.
The 10-week campaign concluded Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, but Sensabaugh has already set in motion plans for the establishment of the Jamaar G. Sensabaugh Foundation to continue the legacy of his brother, who passed away at age 16 one week after being diagnosed with leukemia.
Coty was 11 at the time and promised to honor his “best friend” if he ever received the opportunity to do so. The second-year Titans defensive back and his girlfriend Dominique Jordan decided to embark on the ambitious campaign as one of nine fundraising principals who teamed to raise more than $268,000.
Sensabaugh’s campaign raised more than $50,000, reaching a threshold that will allow the establishment of a grant in Jamaar’s name. The tribute and the opportunity to help patients with blood cancer and their families are still Sensabaugh’s top priorities for the future.
“It was an amazing night. We raised more than 260,000,” Sensabaugh said. “I just want to help find a cure for cancer, and we’re definitely on our way to that.”
Until then, Sensabaugh vowed to “keep fighting” and encouraging patients.
“We’ll keep trying to find a cure. I don’t feel my job is done until we find a cure,” Sensabaugh said. “We’ll have a grant in my brother’s name and we’re in the process of starting the Jamaar G. Sensabaugh Foundation, so my brother’s legacy and his name live on forever.”
The campaign overlapped with Tennessee’s offseason workout program, but Sensabaugh managed to handle both endeavors. His fundraising campaign included multiple public events at area restaurants and a special dinner and fashion show in which he and Titans teammates and cheerleaders modeled fine fashions from JAndHP and Muse Boutique at Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Sensabaugh thanked his teammates and the Titans organization, as well as all who helped his campaign and listened to Jamaar’s story. He also has received special thanks from those he’s worked to help.
“I think the biggest thing for me, two days ago in the mail I got a letter from a little kid. It said something like, ‘Thank you for all you’re doing to save our lives,’ ” Sensabaugh said. “That just really touched my heart, so when I got that letter — I’m going to reply to the kid — but when I got that letter I put it up on my refrigerator. That meant the most to me because that’s what it’s about at the end of the day.”
Sensabaugh said the campaign was “great and well worth it.”
“I’m honored to be a part of this special occasion,” Sensabaugh said. “I’m happy I was a part of it.”