Huskers to Have Bone Marrow Donation Awareness as part of Suits and Sneakers Weekend
Lincoln – The Nebraska basketball program is teaming up with the American Cancer Society, as part of the NABC Suits and Sneakers Weekend. The Huskers host Minnesota on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Fans and students can help the Huskers in a couple of ways to raise awareness for cancer research.
Students are encouraged to join the Huskers that day in suiting up in their favorite suit coat and sneakers for the Minnesota game and check in at a predetermined spot at Pinnacle Bank Arena. As part of BTN LiveBIG’s promotion, the university with the most students “suited up” over the weekend will receive a $10,000 donation to the school’s Relay for Life Initiative, which raises critical funds for cancer research. Husker students will join students from Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue in trying to win for their campus.
As part of Sunday’s activities, Nebraska is also having a Bone Marrow Donation awareness initiative, as fans will learn how to be part of the bone marrow registry. The Husker basketball program has been affected by Leukemia, as Avery Harriman, the son of assistant coach Chris Harriman was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 2 years old. Avery underwent a bone marrow transplant last year, and is now leukemia free.
Fans can sign up for the bone marrow registry, as volunteers will be on hand to collect information throughout Pinnacle Bank Arena. In addition, fans can also receive match kits/swabs and take the test to be a potential bone marrow match. Members of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and select student-athletes will assist on Sunday.
The annual Suits and Sneakers Weekend is coordinated by the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Since 1993, participating coaches have helped raise more than $85 million for the society’s lifesaving work. For more information on Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, please visit www.coachesvscancer.org.