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Former Steeler Shares Inspiring Story at WVU Hospital Event

As a cancer survivor, former Steelers running back and sports analyst Merril Hoge inspires others with his story. His mission led Hoge to West Virginia University in Morgantown.


As a cancer survivor, former Steelers running back and sports analyst Merril Hoge inspires others with his story. His mission of overcoming life's hurdles through strength and determination led Hoge to West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he emceed the WVU Medicine Children's Hospital Gala on Saturday.

The Gala is an annual event filled with gourmet food, entertainment, dancing, live and silent auctions. Last year, the event raised more than $97,000. This year's total has not yet been released.

While in Morgantown for the gala, Hoge made a point to visit several kids and their families at the hospital. "Life is about giving back and bringing smiles to those in need," Hoge said in a Facebook post about his experience with the children.

In addition to sharing his story of triumph, which includes his own battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Hoge travels the country spreading awareness about head trauma and CTE. Concussions prematurely ended Hoge's NFL career in 1994. Click here to learn more about Hoge's journey and to purchase his new book "Brainwashed."

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