Originally posted on NBC Chicago  |  Last updated 1/23/12
The NFL announced Sunday that Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Named after Bears legend Walter Payton, the award recognizes players for their work off-the-field. Tillman has been active within Chicago since joining the team nine years ago. He started the Cornerstone Foundation, which focuses on working with children. The foundation has made donations to pediatric centers in area hospitals, helped critically ill children fulfill their sports-related wishes, has thrown a holiday party for critically-ill children and a spring brunch for mothers of critically-ill children, and provides support for families in need. In 2008, Tillman's infant daughter, Tiana, received a heart transplant, and the process made him aware of the toll that sickness takes on an entire family. It inspired many of the programs he runs. “It opened my eyes to real life, real-world situations,” Tillman said of his daughter’s illness ...
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