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Coty Sensabaugh Raises Funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at CPK

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Coty Sensabaugh received help from Titans teammates Alterraun Verner and Robert Johnson to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in an event at California Pizza Kitchen.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coty Sensabaugh moved from table to table greeting diners at California Pizza Kitchen on Thursday and sharing a moving story about his passionate cause to raise money to fight blood cancer.

Coty Sensabaugh shared smiles and his brother's story with guests while Alterraun Verner tried his hands at making pizzas during a fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at California Pizza Kitchen. Click here for a slideshow from the event.

Sensabaugh held the first of several public events scheduled in his Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year campaign that is honoring his brother’s legacy by raising funds and awareness. Sensabaugh called his campaign “A Fight for Jamaar,” in tribute to his brother who died at 16, one week after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Sensabaugh, who was 11 at the time, said he appreciated how receptive the diners were to Jamaar’s story and to California Pizza Kitchen, which donated 20 percent of all of Thursday’s sales to the campaign.

“I like telling them about Jamaar because growing up, after he passed away, that’s all I ever heard, how great of a person he was and how much impact he had on individuals,” said the Titans cornerback who is preparing for his second pro season. “I’m just trying to have half the impact that he had on people by telling his story. When people see me, I hope they see the spitting image of him, so I’m just trying to keep his name alive and let everybody know about my older brother.  

Titans teammates Alterraun Verner and Robert Johnson joined Sensabaugh’s effort. The trio wore special chef jackets that they autographed and raffled. Verner and Johnson delivered pizzas, pastas and desserts across the restaurant and visited with the customers.

Verner also hopped behind the counter, tossing pizza dough and sliding the pies in and out of the restaurant’s signature fire-breathing oven with a gigantic spatula of sorts.

“I think the event went great,” Sensabaugh said. “We put a lot of smiles on a lot faces, and I really feel we made a difference. I want to thank everybody that helped me with this night and give special thanks to my teammates Alterraun Verner and Robert Johnson and their significant others for coming out and helping us.

“I spend more time with those guys than anybody, so they’ve pretty much become my family,” Sensabaugh added. “It just means a lot for them to show love and help me fight what I’m fighting. It’s a great thing.”

The LLS Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week fundraising blitz that began April 4 and continues until 6 p.m. on June 13. Sensabaugh has scheduled the following public events for his campaign:

Coolin for a Cure”

Sweet CeCe’s (Green Hills)

4031 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215

Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 3-7 p.m.

***20 percent of proceeds will be donated to LLS in honor of Coty’s campaign*** 

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Chick-fil-A Brentwood

330 Franklin Road Nashville, TN 37027

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 5-8 p.m.

***15 percent of sales will be donated to LLS in honor of the Coty Sensabaugh Man of the Year Campaign***

Prowl & Growl

Cumberland Park

592 South 1st Street Nashville, TN 37213

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 3-6 p.m.

Nashville Clemson Club | NashvilleClemsonClub.com

“Dine with the Titans for a Cure

Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant

3106 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203

Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 7-9 p.m.

Individual Tickets: $150 | Table Sponsorship: $1500

Sponsorship includes: Three-course scrumptious dinner, opportunity to bid on live and silent exclusive auction items from the Tennessee Titans! Meet families that are directly affected by blood cancer and hear their story. Click here or call 615-535-3140 to purchase tickets to the dinner.

***All proceeds generated from this event will go directly to LLS***

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