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Tennessee Titan Michael Oher hosts pep rally at St. Jude

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Oher and cheerleaders will be there to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the children. Oher and cheerleaders will be there to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the children.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) –Tennessee Titans player Michael Oher, whose story was featured in "The Blind Side" featuring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, hosted a fun-filled pep rally for St. Jude patients and their families. 

Oher grew up just around the corner from St. Jude.

Wednesday, he spent his afternoon visiting the kids and families there.

He was welcomed with a round of applause.

Soon after, Michael Oher was one-on-one with patients and families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"It's great to see the kids smile and laugh and great to see athletes giving back to the community," says St. Jude parent Michelle West.

"He ... it was awesome," adds St. Jude patient Tyler West.

Oher's visit made West speechless.

"All I know is that there was gonna be a player here," Tyler adds.

Oher drove from Nashville to tour the hospital and visit with patients and their families.

It was his first visit to the hospital.

"Knowing that they're battling something I've never experienced ... something like football and everything I've been through is easy compared to what they're going through every day," says Oher.

Oher invited Memphis Grizzlies guard Quincy Pondexter to join him in greeting patients.

"It's heart warming and every day I leave here, I leave with something different. I learn to be an inspiration and to get better," Pondexter says.

Oher's visit also coincides with the NFL Play 60 campaign, which strives to give all kids a chance to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity or play each day.

While that's difficult for some St. Jude patients, visits like this are unforgettable.

"It's a happy day at St. Jude Research Hospital. It gives our kids a chance to forget they have cancer or some other catastrophic disease," adds ALSAC CEO Richard Shadyac Jr.

Oher's visit is part of the NFL PLAY 60 campaign, which strives to give all kids a chance to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity or play each day.

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