2017 East Region Most Outstanding Defensive Player pledges to donate brain to Concussion Legacy Foundation to support CTE research

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Kyries Hebert Brain Pledge

2017 East Region Most Outstanding Defensive Player pledges to donate brain to Concussion Legacy Foundation to support CTE research

(Montreal) – The Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada announced today that CFL player and 2017 East Region Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Kyries Hebert, has pledged to donate his brain through the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada (CLFC) to support research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and concussions.

"With the attention being paid to head injuries in sports, I want to do my part to make football safer,” said Hebert. “I feel a responsibility to give back to the game of football that has given me so much. If donating my brain can help other players that are struggling with symptoms or if I can help make the game safer for future generations, it is an easy decision."

More than 2,500 former athletes and military veterans have pledged to donate their brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation since 2008, including more than 1,000 in 2017 alone. Individuals with sports or military backgrounds of any kind are encouraged to pledge their brain to research at ConcussionFoundation.org/pledge.

Everyone who pledges their brain through the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada receives a personalized brain donor card and an informational packet about the brain donation process. Those who pledge are encouraged to spread the word to friends, family and former teammates about the importance of brain trauma research, and to share why they pledged using #MyLegacy.

Hebert’s brain pledge was made in conjunction with the opening of Grey Cup festivities and his nomination for the 2017 Most Outstanding Defensive Player as the East Region’s nominee for the award. Kyries is hosting CLFC’s annual Bash for Brains fundraiser, which gives the community an opportunity to party with the last active former Renegade.

Bash for Brains will be held on Friday November 24th and Saturday November 25th at the Bourbon Room on Dalhousie in Ottawa’s Byward Market. The proceeds from the two-night event will benefit CLFC and support concussion outreach, education and research.

The Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada is the Canadian constituent of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, founded by Dr. Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu in 2007. Both sides of the border work collectively as the outreach and recruiting arm of the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a partnership with Boston University and the US Department of Veterans Affairs led by Dr. Ann McKee. The Brain Bank is now the world’s largest CTE brain bank with subspecialties in concussion, ALS, and other consequences of brain trauma. More than 470 brains have been donated, resulting in over 285 CTE diagnoses.

About Kyries Hebert:
Kyries Hebert is currently a defensive powerhouse for the Montreal Alouettes (2012 – present). A Eunice, Louisiana native, Hebert has spent time playing in the CFL and NFL. Hebert is the last standing Renegade as a member of the Ottawa organization in 2004 and 2005 prior to the folding of the organization. Hebert was named a CFL All-Star in 2012 (East Region nominee), and is currently up for Most Outstanding Defensive Player as the East Region nominee. The Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year will be announced Thursday, November 23rd in Ottawa at the Shaw Centre.

For more information, contact:
Samantha Bureau
Director, Public Relations
Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada

About the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada:
Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada was founded in December of 2012 by Tim Fleiszer, a former Harvard University football teammate of CLF CEO Chris Nowinski, to help solve the concussion crisis in Canada. CLF Canada operates prevention, education and awareness events across the country. For more information, please visit ConcussionFoundation.ca

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