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Rudy Gay to have dinner with St. Jude patient and family

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MEMPHIS, April 20, 2012 – Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay will have a “Dream Dinner” with 10-year-old St. Jude patient Cortavious and his parents on Sunday, April 22.

Hosted by C Spire Wireless, the dinner will provide an opportunity for Cortavious, a Grizzlies fan diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and his family to share a meal, take photos and interact with their basketball hero.

“Rudy is a wonderful ambassador for St. Jude who has done a remarkable job of sharing our St. Jude mission with basketball fans across the country,” said Rick Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. “Our official partnership with NBA Cares and the support of the Grizzlies and C Spire through events like Hoops for St. Jude Week helps St. Jude continue conducting pioneering research and care for children with deadly diseases, all while ensuring that no family will ever pay St. Jude for anything.”

C Spire Wireless, the official wireless partner for the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum, is a presenting sponsor for the team’s successful involvement in the NBA’s Hoops for St. Jude Week.

“For a quarter century, C Spire has been committed to supporting education, strengthening communities and improving lives through its philanthropic initiatives, partnerships and employee volunteerism,” said Hu Meena, President and CEO of C Spire Wireless. “We’re thrilled to partner with Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies and St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital to make this ‘dream’ dinner happen for this precious 10-year-old St. Jude patient and his family.”