On the field, cornerback Charles Tillman is a nightmare for any opposing offense. The Packers get to face him twice a year, and even though 12 doesn’t give up many interceptions, you always have to pay extra attention to the guy they call “Peanut.” He’s 10 years into a great career and seems to get better and better all the time.
Charles’ legacy off the field was inspired in-part when his infant daughter, Tiana, was diagnosed with a heart defect and needed a heart transplant. Here’s their story straight from Peanut:
The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation was established in 2005, three years prior to the Tillman family’s own battle with a childhood illness. Since it’s inception, the Foundation has helped over one million children and families in the greater Chicago area through five unique programs:
Charles’ Locker provides kids and families in hospitals with access to iPads, laptops, and other electronic devices during their stay to make the transition from home a little easier. Field of Dreams is like Charles’ own version of the Make-a-Wish foundation, in which children who are battling illnesses receive a sports-related wish granted of their choosing. Holiday Celebration is a December event in which Charles and his wife travel to local hospitals to spread holiday cheer. TendHER Heart Luncheon is a well-deserved break for mothers of children fighting illnesses. Each spring, selected moms are invited to attend a special luncheon to have a day away to themselves. The Tiana Fund, named after Tillman’s daughter, provides economic assistance to families in need.
In short: The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation is blessing the socks off Chicago.
Keep up the great work, Charles!