Saints’ Thomas Morstead Punts Hope to Hammond Cancer Patients

Patients enjoyed visit from Saints’ punter Thomas Morestead


(Hammond, La.) – Thomas Morstead, punter for the New Orleans Saints since 2009, recently visited patients at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Hammond.

Morstead offered hope to cancer patients, taking time to speak with several fans, taking photos, and signing memorabilia.

“It was really cool to meet him,” said Donald Burton, a lieutenant with the Ponchatoula police department who recently finished treatment at the Cancer Center for a rare cancer of the head and neck. “It’s always nice to see celebrities who are so real and care about giving back.”

Morstead and his wife, Lauren, founded an organization five years ago to help those in need in the New Orleans and Gulf South communities, particularly children with cancer. What You Give Will Grow has given more than $2.5 million to a wide range of causes.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for nearly 50 years. With nine centers in the Baton Rouge area, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Gonzales and Natchez, Mississippi, its service area encompasses 18 parishes across southeast Louisiana and several Mississippi counties. For more information, please visit