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McLeod Walks for Grandmother at Steps for Hope

Posted Jun 8, 2015

Rams safety Rodney McLeod served as an honorary chair for the 2015 Steps for Hope Walk/Fun Run hosted by the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

On the field, Rodney McLeod is always going at full speed, but for the 2015 Steps for Hope Walk/Fun run hosted by the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis, he took his time getting to know those in attendance and their accompanying stories.

The Rams safety served as an honorary chair for the event, which celebrates cancer survivors, honors the memories of loved ones and supports the services and programs that Cancer Support Community St. Louis offers at no charge to area residents impacted by cancer.  

“It’s good for people to realize that they’re not the only ones going through something,” McLeod said. “So many people are affected by cancer and it’s unfortunate. So I think walks like this, runs like this, are great.”

Like those in attendance, the event also held special meaning for McLeod, who lost his grandmother to pancreatic cancer while he was in high school. Before every game, he does a small, private tribute to her.

“This walk/run means a lot to me,” McLeod said. “Growing up as a child, cancer was always there in my life. To have her pass like that, it sticks with me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.”

By the conclusion of the event, the Cancer Support Community raised more than $135,000.

“I’m thoroughly impressed with the amount of support for the run,” said Scott Gee, executive director of the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis. “We’re very blessed to have the support of Rodney and the support of the St. Louis Rams.”

Along with McLeod, FOX 2 news anchor Tom O’Neal served as an honorary chair and addressed the participants as part of the opening ceremonies. Other activities included a face painting station for kids, family yoga and hula hooping, raffle prizes and live music.