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Coaches vs cancer

25th anniversary

 

On September 20th, 2018, at City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of Coaches vs Cancer. The Coaches vs Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993, coaches have raised nearly $100 million for the American Cancer Society.

 

Why did you get involved in Coaches vs Cancer?

I really have a few whys, but the one reason that I’ve been is cancer has affected my household, it has affected my friends. It’s been amazing just understanding how strong this disease is. When you’re touched by it, with your friends and everything. So my why is I’m here to help support others, just like I was helping my friends.

Your advice?

I would say get involved. A lot of people see a lot of different charitable events for cancer. Cancer is real and it can touch anyone of us at any time.

 

 

Why did you get involved in Coaches vs Cancer?

My why for getting involved in this is I think every family is affected by cancer. Whether it’s your personal family or your professional family. For us in athletics, you’ve probably seen former players, players, family members of your current players. We all have our own personal families that are affected by it as well. I’ve had grandparents that have passed away because of this disease. I currently have family members battling it. I think it’s the least that we can do. As college basketball coaches with the platform that we have, we need to continue to create more awareness and help raise funds to battle this awful disease.

Your advice?

Just to remember. For those of us who are lucky enough to be healthy, to remember those who aren’t as fortunate. There are some families and some individuals out there who are going through some tough times that you may not know about. You may pass them in the hall at work or pass them in the hall at school or your university that are battling this disease or have close loved ones that are as well. That stuff, I’ve seen first-hand how hard it is for families. I would say for those of you that are lucky enough to be fortunate to have good health right now, remember those who aren’t quite as lucky.

 

 

Why did you get involved in Coaches vs Cancer?

I just think it’s very important to bring awareness to a disease that’s affected so many people across the world. Coaches vs cancer, and what they do to provide that platform, it’s just something I’m glad to be a part of.

Your advice?

Continue to bring awareness and do things that can prevent you from getting a disease like cancer. Use our platform as well just to preach the gospel of the cancer awareness and the coaches versus cancer too. To push this event on and on until people all across the world can understand that we need to come together to figure out a way to solve it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Farnham

ESPN Analyst

Why did you get involved in Coaches vs Cancer?

The passion is my father-in-law. He lives with us and we’ve been his primary caregiver now for the last 5 years. And he has suffered from CLL. Unfortunately he’s part of the 2% where that disease actually morphs and changes. It came back at stage 4 this year at a different form and so right now he’s getting ready for what is called a car T-cell placement therapy. He actually goes in next Wednesday and he is my why. It just affects so many people. I’ve lost other loved ones in my life to cancer and so when I started working with Lon Kruger a couple years ago in the Las Vegas Coaches vs cancer, it just struck a chord to me. That these coaches are unselfishly giving up their time and people willingly donating and understanding the purpose for why they’re donating. To see the tangible results. Sometimes you give money and you don’t see the tangible results. The results are right there now. In cancer the results we are seeing across the country is remarkable. Cures and if not cures, certainly the ability to elongate and create a better quality of life for people that have suffered from cancer. I think that’s what families want. They want more time. We all want more time and Coaches vs Cancer does that. It’s why I’m here tonight. On Thursday I’m flying back to Los Angeles and I’m running my own coaches versus cancer event this weekend in Los Angeles. And we’re going to raise it’s a small amount but probably about $12,000 running the youth basketball tournament. Just try to do what you can to be a part of something that’s much bigger than the individual.

Your advice?

If there’s somebody out there that doesn’t know anybody that has cancer, consider yourself lucky. Because if it hasn’t affected you already, it will. The numbers are unfortunately on that side of the game. Whether it’s a family member, a close friend, a colleague at work, somebody you know is going to be impacted by this disease. So do what you can to make a difference. Things like this make a difference.

 

Why did you get involved in Coaches vs Cancer?

Like everyone here tonight and probably reading, we’ve been affected by this awful disease and hopefully we can raise some money tonight that can help lead eventually to a cure.

Your advice?

I think get involved. We are excited for this gala tonight and hopefully it’s going to have some money that can go back and help. And if you’re reading, if you have the money, it’s awesome to be able to donate to help find a cure. If not, your time and work is just as important and valuable to put together events that can help people find a cure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenny Anderson

Why did you get involved in Coaches vs Cancer?

My father, about 4 years ago, from prostate cancer he passed away. I’ve been checking every year. When you hit 40, you got to go in and check the prostate to see. It’s hereditary in my family, because my father had it. It’s something that I think about, and I just have to check it out yearly and that’s what I’ve been doing. It was tough. They found out that he got it, the radiation affected him and he didn’t want to take the medicine. He just passed away about 4 or 5 years ago. He’s smiling down on me. He knows I’m doing the right thing, paying it forward.

Your advice?

When you’re a part of a foundation like Coaches vs Cancer and you’re giving back, it hit my home and my father. To give back, cancer is one of the highest diseases that’s killing so many people. If you can give back, raise money for a great cause. To figure out a medicine that can cure it, it’s an awesome foundation to be a part of.

 

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