NFL Super Bowl Champion Teams-up with Global Palliative Experts to Support UN Call for Palliative Care as a Human Right


Touchdown for Humanity kicks-off a movement uniting people across the globe to ensure the human right of palliative care and access to essential medicines

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USA, December 10, 2020 / -- Human Rights Day on December 10 comes at a critical time for the world as a global pandemic rages on, lives continue to be devastated, infrastructures brought to the brink, further pressuring governments and societies struggling to meet basic needs. Especially now it is important is to unite in our humanity rather than be entrenched in our differences.

As such, in the team spirit of collaboration, the central tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to bolster progress in advancing palliative care worldwide, the Walther Center in Global Palliative Care & Supportive Oncology at Indiana University has teamed up with NFL Superbowl Champion Dr. George Koonce Jr to score a “Touchdown for Humanity” by addressing the pressing inequities in global palliative care made worse by the Covid-19 crisis.

Palliative Care is a desperately needed health service globally during the pandemic, as it treats all domains of a person facing life-threatening disease and is imperative for symptom control even for Covid-19. Yet, 84% of the world population have limited or no access to pain relief and palliative care. The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated massive global inequities in access and availability.

"There are millions of people worldwide fighting alone without palliative care or essential medicines. There’s a new team now. A team for human rights, especially Palliative Care for people everywhere”

Dr. George Koonce, Superbowl Champion and SV President, Marian University

Walther Global Palliative Care & Supportive Oncology

IU School of Medicine & IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

540 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: +1-(317) 278-4006