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Eric McMahon, who plays team mascot Grizz, to take medical leave while undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Memphis, December 19, 2007 – Eric McMahon, who is team mascot Grizz, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will take an immediate leave of absence to undergo treatment. The team will not replace Eric during his absence, and as a result Grizz will not be appearing at any games or be making any community appearances while he undergoes treatment.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric and his family during this challenging time. Eric is a valued member of the Grizzlies family, and we will support him in any way possible during his treatment. We are eager for him to return as soon as he’s healthy and get back to entertaining fans at games and community appearances,” said Memphis Grizzlies President of Business Operations Andy Dolich. “Eric’s boundless energy and enthusiasm for life and his fans will serve him well as he undergoes his treatment. He is one of the best in the business, and I know our fans will join me in wishing for his speedy and complete recovery.”

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Send Grizz a message: online, via email, or using the address below.

With Eric’s enthusiastic assistance, the Grizzlies have created the Friends of Grizz program. This program will invite patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their families, on behalf of Grizz, to each home game beginning Saturday as a show of solidarity for their battle and his. Grizzlies players will wear a ‘00’ patch on their warm-ups representing Grizz’s jersey number to show their support for Eric and his recovery. The Grizzlies Den Team Store at FedExForum will begin selling Friends of Grizz wristbands at the Tuesday, January 15 game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. Proceeds from sales of the wristbands will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I’d like to thank the Grizzlies organization for all their support as I begin treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” said McMahon. “The Friends of Grizz program is an opportunity for me to share the joy and excitement I try to bring every time I step on the court while providing a raised awareness so we can ultimately find a cure.”

Send Grizz a message

Fans can send Grizz a Get Well message online, via email or by mail to
Eric, care of Grizz
191 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Fans wishing to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital can visit their website, www.stjude.org.