WASHINGTON—Drew Brees, the highly acclaimed Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, provides legendary talk show host Ellen DeGeneres with a $50,000 donation to her charity of choice this year: the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The donation comes with support from Drew Brees’ family and Microsoft Surface tablets.
At the end of DeGeneres’ televised birthday show on Jan. 29, Brees came on air to surprise his longtime friend with the birthday donation. The money will be used to support the Physician Committee’s work including clinical research studies and lifesaving nutrition education programs.
“Like Drew Brees and Ellen DeGeneres, our goal is to help people improve their lives,” says the Physicians Committee president and founder Neal Barnard, M.D. “With this generous support, we will continue to advance worldwide clinical research standards and provide people of all ages with tools to reach optimal health.”
Dr. Barnard has published more than 70 clinical research studies, including a groundbreaking trial funded by the National Institutes of Health in 2005 that shows a low-fat vegan diet is just as effective as traditional diabetes medications s in treating type 2 diabetes. Dr. Barnard’s most-recent study, published last week in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Sciences, shows plant-based eating patterns help people easily lose weight, without counting calories. The implications serve those at risk for obesity and weight-related conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, and certain forms of cancer.
Through medical conferences, community intervention programs, healthy school lunch initiatives, and Capitol Hill briefings, Dr. Barnard and his colleagues will continue to elevate standards in preventive medicine.
About Neal Barnard, M.D.
Neal Barnard, M.D., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC, and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications, 15 books, and hosted three PBS specials about diet and health.
About Ellen DeGeneres
Emmy-winning talk-show host, Oscar star, and COVERGIRL Ellen DeGeneres is as philanthropic as she is funny. DeGeneres’ support for the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act in 2010 helped strengthen school lunch standards, ensuring K-12 students have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, salad bars, and plant-based vegetarian options. In 2014, she persuaded the Taiwanese government to halt unethical and outdated rabies experiments on beagle puppies.
About Drew Brees and the Brees Dream Foundation
Drew Brees is the 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. As much pride as Brees takes in his on-field performance, he takes even more pride in his community service endeavors. Drew and his wife, Brittany, established the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 and since then have contributed over $20,000,000 to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.