KU Coaches Bill Self and Bonnie Henrickson

The University of Kansas Basketball Coaches Bill Self and Bonnie

Henrickson will tip off this year’s season of the American Cancer Society’s

Coaches vs. Cancer program on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Maceli’s,

1031 New Hampshire, Lawrence. The Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Reception

includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a silent auction, and remarks by

both coaches about the upcoming Jayhawk basketball season.

The auction includes a piece of the Allen Fieldhouse floor, signed

basketballs from both the men’s and women’s teams, and autographed photos.

Each attendee will also receive a commemorative gift.

Coach Self hopes he, his players and coaches can help make a

difference in the fight against cancer. “When cancer strikes, it affects us

all,” says Coach Self. “Similar to an unstoppable offense, no one is immune

to its strength. I want to end this suffering and defeat this tyrant.

That’s why I’ve volunteered with the American Cancer Society in its Coaches

vs. Cancer program. Now I am able to fight back by raising funds for cancer

research, education, advocacy and patient services. Together, we can

outscore this opponent and win.”

Tickets to the event are $50 per person to benefit the American

Cancer Society. Space is limited and reservations must be made by Sept. 28,

by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-359-1025 or email

stacie.schroeder@cancer.org.

The University of Kansas Basketball Teams will also be scoring points

in the fight against cancer with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs.

Cancer Three-Point Attack, a pledge program for college basketball fans.

Individuals, businesses, and organizations can pledge a certain amount for

each three-point basket their teams make during the regular season. Fan

contributions assist the programs of the American Cancer Society.

“Cancer. The word alone creates anxiety and fear in the minds of

many people. It can be devastating to those diagnosed with this disease and

their family and friends who suffer along with them. As coaches and

volunteers for the Coaches vs. Cancer program, we understand the concept of

persistence and teamwork. We believe that’s what it will take to fight and

defeat this disease,” says Coach Henrickson.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program has played an important part in

promoting the mission of the American Cancer Society for 13 years. Coaches

vs. Cancer is a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the

National Association of Basketball Coaches. The program leverages the

personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of

our country’s basketball coaches to raise funds for the American Cancer

Society and reduce cancer risk through education programs. Since its

inception in 1993, more than 500 coaches have raised more than $30 million

through the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

For more information about cancer or the Coaches vs. Cancer program,

call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or

visit their Web site at www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based,

voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major

health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing

suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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