Lakeland men's basketball staff to make fashion statement for cancer awareness this Saturday
Athletics - posted on 1/30/2009
Lakeland men's basketball coach Aaron Aanonsen and his staff will trade in their dress shoes for a pair of sneakers at this Saturday's home game against Wisconsin Lutheran.
The effort is part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society to take place in college basketball games across the nation from Jan. 30-Feb. 1.
By wearing sneakers with their suits, Aanonsen and his staff hope to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
"We are proud to be a part of this effort, because cancer has touched everyone's life one way or another," Aanonsen said. "I have several family members who have experienced cancer in some form. I think it's extremely important for Lakeland and all collegiate institutions to be involved this weekend because it can help raise money for research and as well as awareness."
Participating coaches nationwide will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. For those who do not smoke, weight control, regular exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk.
Obesity has been shown to increase the risk for many forms of cancer, including breast, prostate and colon cancers and may account for 20 percent of cancer deaths in women and 14 percent in men.
"The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a vital, year-round link between the American Cancer Society and the NABC that empowers basketball coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer," said Jim Satalin, director of the Coaches vs. Cancer program with the Society, in a press release. "The program draws from the personal experiences, community leadership and the professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase public awareness of the Society's mission to save lives and prevent cancer, and to raise funds to fight the disease on a variety of fronts."
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the Society save lives by educating and empowering people to avoid cancer or find it early, helping people facing cancer make decisions and overcome obstacles in their personal fight investing in research that yields groundbreaking discoveries into cancer's causes and cures and helping pass laws that fight cancer and keep our communities healthy.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information any time, call toll free, 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org
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