Giving Back To The Prostate Cancer Community

12/09/2011 11:38 am ET | Updated Feb 05, 2012

On the field, you may know me as the guy who catches the ball from Eli Manning or as the salsa dancer in the end zone, but off the field I take pride in helping others and giving back to the community. Last month, I had an amazing opportunity to host an event for a cause that's very near to my heart — prostate cancer research &mdahs; when I joined together with Salvatore Ferragamo and GQ to benefit The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 2011 Annual Appeal for Prostate Cancer Research.

In early 2007, my grandfather, Fernando De Jesus, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Soon after begin diagnosed, and after a difficult battle with the disease, he passed away. As you can imagine, his sudden death affected me tremendously: after watching him fight the cancer, I promised myself that I would give back to his cause one day.

To help draw attention to and raise money for the cause, I partnered with Ferragamo to debut the Tramezza Special Edition shoe line,specialized in custom artisanal handmade men's shoes and signature Gancino belts. I traded in my New York Giants uniform for a Ferragamo suit, shoes and belt for the event and loved it!

But what I really was most excited for was the opportunity to work with the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for their 2011 Annual Appeal for Prostate Cancer. The Society is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to patient care programs, cancer research and education on the prevention and treatment of cancer. I plan to continue my relationship with Memorial Sloan-Kettering to raise money towards awareness, education, patient care and a cure for prostate cancer. I'm hoping to visit the hospital to grant a person battling terminal and non-terminal cancer a wish, and I also pledge to give back and help save a life in honorof my grandfather. I encourage everyone to visit Memorial Sloan-Kettering's site to donate to the cause, and you can look forward to hearing more from me as I work to give back to the prostate cancer community.