Since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma back in June, Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry has been undergoing treatment back in his home state of California.
While he's been away, though, he's remained in the thoughts of his Texan teammates, particularly those along the offensive line, and this past weekend, the team announced an initiative that will pay tribute to Quessenberry while hopefully raising thousands of dollars for a good cause.
If you were out at practice on Saturday or saw pictures of players and coaches over the weekend on Twitter, you're probably aware of the #TexansforDQ (#DQStrong is also an acceptable hashtag) movement...
— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) August 2, 2014
Through the combined effort of the Houston Texans organization, team leaders Chris Myers and Duane Brown, and the good folks over at Running Game Clothing (@WeRunGame on Twitter), the DQ t-shirt not only became a thing over the weekend, but it became available in the Houston texans online store.
The goal of the initiative is to raise $100,000 so a donation can be made in Quessenberry's name to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
Meeting with the media after practice on Saturday, Myers was ecstatic about the plan all coming together:
"To be able to come out here and see it all come to fruition, with the shirts, it just means the world to DQ (David Quessenberry). I was talking to him last night a little bit, and he is obviously ecstatic that he's got tremendous support from the organization, from the coaches, the players, upstairs, everything, the fans. For us to be able to sell these in the Texans Shop here at the stadium and online, it's just hopefully being able to raise as much money as possible; we're shooting for a goal of $100,000 for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. If we can be able to reach that with the help of our fans, which are the best in the country, it'll be awesome."
On a conference call with the media Saturday, Quessenberry was understandably moved by the outward show of support from his teammates, coaches, and front office, as every team employee (not wearing a uniform) at practice was sporting the #TexansForDQ shirt:
"First of all, I'm speechless about my teammates. I think it is a testament to the organization that the Texans are. I mean not just the teammates, but we're talking from the top to the bottom, inside and out. I'm so blessed to be a part of such a tremendous organization. As far as raising awareness, I think it is huge. I've said it before, if I had been diagnosed with this disease 10 years ago, my chances of survival would have been completely different. Definitely I wouldn't be sitting here talking playing football again one day, which is the end goal for me. So just raising awareness and setting the goal of raising the money for cancer research has been definitely a blessing throughout this process for me."
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To continue the momentum of the #TexansForDQ movement, the team has also announced that the final open practice at training camp on August 14 will be #DQStrong Day. On that day, all texans employees will once again don their DQ t-shirts and all fans in attendance at the practice will be encouraged to wear them, as well.
Quessenberry's teammates along the offensive line have dedicated the upcoming season to him.
"You sit back and think about David Quessenberry dealing with what he has to deal with and we have no complaints in the world," Myers said. "With everything going on with David right now, this season is obviously going to be dedicated to him."