Video of U of M Quarterback, St. Jude Patient Goes Viral

Video of U of M Quarterback, St. Jude Patient Goes Viral

Quarterback Jacob Karam regularly volunteers at Target House where patients live with their families during treatment. This week the quarterback spent an hour playing the piano for a young girl while she sang away.
MEMPHIS, TN -- A Memphis football player is getting national attention. It's not for his talents on the field, but for a very kind gesture he made to a young St. Jude patient.

Quarterback Jacob Karam regularly volunteers at Target House where patients live with their families during treatment. This week the quarterback spent an hour playing the piano for a young girl while she sang away.

Luckily for us, her mom recorded part of the performance.

"Football was always my first love," Karam says. "I enjoy coming out and working every day. But there's nothing like music and how it brings people together."

In this case, it brought together the Tigers' starting quarterback and a little 11 year old cheerleader fighting for her life.

Breanna Bercegeay and Jacob Karam had never met before this Monday. Now they have a memory neither will lose.

"She was kinda shy with me," Karam remembers. "We didn't talk that much honestly." They sang. Ten songs in total. Breanna's mom recorded one of her favorites called Price Tag.

"She just started singing," smiles Karam. "I was really impressed by her voice. She has a very strong voice."

Even wearing a mask didn't hide that voice. Breanna was just diagnosed with a form of leukemia on June 4.

"The attention this whole thing has gotten is amazing. It's humbling," Karam says. "But it's really not about me at all. It's literally all about her and all those kids up there at Target House. They deserve all the attention and love and support."

Karam has played piano his whole life. He'd heard the song Breanna sang only a few times, but that didn't matter. He plays by ear. And can pick up practically any song after he's heard it.

"I'd pull up the lyrics for her on the phone and she'd just sing her heart out," he says. "It was really cool. I could have sat there for two hours with her."

They were two strangers until that day. After bonding for one special hour, they're now new friends.

"Next time I told her I wanted to hear her without the mask," Karam says.

"And I told here she has to have a list ready. You know, we'd think for a couple minutes.then pick a song. I told her 'You have the list for me next time and we'll just have a blast.'"

In addition to being a starting quarterback, talented musician and a local volunteer, Karam is also bi-lingual and studying pre law.

You can see his football abilities starting September 7th. That's the U of M's first game against Duke at the Liberty Bowl.

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