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Eric Berry’s mom hosts event to raise cancer awareness

Chiefs safety Eric Berry (left) spoke about his cancer treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma while his mother, Carol, wept during a training camp press conference in August at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry (left) spoke about his cancer treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma while his mother, Carol, wept during a training camp press conference in August at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. deulitt@kcstar.com

Carol Berry, the mother of Chiefs safety Eric Berry, hosted a meet and greet at the Country Club Plaza to help raise cancer awareness and money for her son's non-profit.

The event was held for four hours Thursday at St. John Boutique, but 10 percent of all sales through Sunday will go to the Eric Berry Foundation, which serves Kansas City, Atlanta and Knoxville and has hosted annual football camps, backpack giveaways and holiday events the last few years.

“(We're trying) to get the word out about lymphoma, cancer,” Carol said.

Eric Berry, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last November, conquered the illness in eight months. He returned to the team in time for the outset of camp, and has played in all nine games, starting eight. He's also inspired people along the way, including cancer patients who attended training camp practices in St. Joseph to meet Berry.

Through Sunday, there will also be raffle items available at St. John, including jewelry, apparel, Chiefs tickets, signed items and an opportunity to drive a BMW for two months. All will be drawn Sunday evening.

The mission of the Eric Berry Foundation is to provide beneficial opportunities and a safe environment for children to participate in team sports and leadership development programs in order to encourage strength of body, mind and spirit.

Berry is also supporting Children's Mercy's Stock the Shoppe Toy Drive, which gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to choose toys for sick children in the hospital for no cost.

The drive runs through Dec. 2. For a list of drop off sites, visit http://eb29.com/online/toy-drive/.

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