Continuing the support

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Steelers' cornerback William Gay was honored earlier this week for having the courage to do what so many are afraid to do…open up old wounds in an effort to help others.

Gay experienced the horrific pain of domestic violence when he was just eight years old and his mother, Carolyn Hall, tried to escape an abusive relationship she was in with his stepfather. When she tried to leave the relationship, his stepfather shot her to death and then shot himself.

Gay held the pain inside for a long time, but realized reaching out could help others in abusive relationships, and hopefully save someone's life. He was honored for his courage, for his commitment, for his strength in the wake of tragedy with the Ed Block Courage Award at the annual Arthur J Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon benefiting Holy Family Institute at Heinz Field.

But the need for helping victims of domestic violence will never end. As a matter of fact, many kids who end up at Holy Family Institute, a safe haven where education and growth of young people is a focus, come from abusive families.

Gay will continue to do his part to help those at Holy Family Institute, and now Steelers' fans can as well.

One of the highlights for those attending the luncheon, and now those who couldn't attend, are the items offered in the auction. Six of those items are available for fans to bid on, and the combination of unique experiences and treasured collector's items, are things any Steelers fan would love to have.

Watch a closed practice at the team's facility. A package for the Steelers-Broncos game that includes club seats, sideline passes and more. A framed autograph portrait of Jerome Bettis as well as one of Joey Porter, a signed lithograph of Bettis and a signed William Gay jersey. Any, or all, of these could be yours.

If you want to add one of these to your collection, and in doing so help young kids who need your compassion, you can bid now. All of the proceeds benefit Holy Family Institute and will make a difference in the lives of those most in need.

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