PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Before Patrick House won NBC's "The Biggest Loser" in December, he finished a 26.2 mile marathon and was awarded $10,000 for the charity of his choice.
On Saturday at Miskelly Furniture in Pearl, he was awarded that check.
"I spent time there as a counselor for a few summers while I was in college, and these kids are very special to me. I knew this $10,000 would go a long way helping kids," House said as he presented the check to Camp Rainbow, a week-long overnight event at Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica. It serves children between 6 and 17-years-old who have been diagnosed with cancer.
April Giavotella had a tumor of the kidney as a child. She attended Camp Rainbow, and now she's a counselor. She also came by for the check presentation.
"It was the best place on earth, it still is. For those campers it's the only place a lot of them can go and play with kids that are also sick, and get treatment at the same time," April says.
Camp Rainbow is a program of the American Cancer Society, a non-profit organization. Patrick House's generosity will go a long way.
"It's great to see someone like Patrick who's been successful in the healthy choice campaign because there is a direct link between obesity and cancer," says Amanda Patton, Executive Director of the Jackson Metro Chapter of the American Cancer Society. "He will motivate and inspire people in this community."
"Going to Camp Rainbow, seeing those kids, knowing now there's this $10,000, I can help make sure Camp Rainbow can continue to inspire the lives of children across Mississippi," House says.
This week, Patrick House and his family are moving to South Carolina where he's taking a job at Mindstream Academy. It's a startup camp that teaches overweight teens how to live healthier.
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