New England Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton spent the team’s recent bye week in Atlanta, where he did a stint on CBS Atlanta that included reporting a weather forecast.
Guyton was on hand at the CBS Atlanta affiliate to talk about his parents’ fight against cancer and his new Gary Guyton Foundation for youth. He added that his main mission in Atlanta was to visit patients at the city’s children’s hospital.
After his visit with the children, Guyton tweeted, “It was an honor to show love to the beautiful children of Atlanta. Just remember how blessed we all really are …life, health, family … DON’T take it for granted.”
Guyton’s parents, Janice and Gary Guyton Sr., both are cancer survivors. His mother battled breast cancer when Guyton was a senior at Bradwell Institute.
Guyton’s mom was able to make the trip to Gillette Stadium when the Patriots hosted the Jets on Oct. 9. Guyton honored her and other cancer survivors by wearing pink gear along with his NFL uniform.
During his segment on “Better Morning Atlanta,” he told reporters: “My mother was diagnosed when I was in high school — my senior year actually — and my father was diagnosed last year. His last chemo was a couple of weeks ago, and he is doing pretty good right now. The first time it was definitely threatening, heart dropping. Your mother ... she is like my love ... but we went though it (and) we made it, eight years now. My father came through and he is doing well also.”
Part of the mission of the Gary Guyton Foundation is to prepare youth for a successful future by providing them with programs that support their growth.
Guyton has been committed to giving back to children and for the past two years has returned to his native Liberty County to conduct children’s sports camps at Bradwell Institute.
He said helping children in need is something he enjoys doing.
“I was directly affected by cancer, so I like to give my heart and go and talk to the kids at the cancer center, encourage them and say hello,” he told reporters.
For more information on the Gary Guyton Foundation, go to http://garyguytonfoundation.org.
To see his stint as a weatherman on CBS Atlanta go to: http://www.cbsatlanta.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6372971#.Tqa9APTZDbA.facebook