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UW coaches to take part in Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers

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This Saturday at Penn State, Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin coaching staff will take part in Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. The Badgers coaches and staff, along with basketball coaches nationwide, will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Basketball fans are encouraged to also wear sneakers to games that weekend to show their support.

070210MBB-9063-Ryan.jpgCoaches vs. Cancer is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

"Coaches vs. Cancer is a cause that is dear to my heart because each and every one of us has had our lives affected by this horrible disease," Ryan said. "Every dollar we can raise to aid cancer research, education and advocacy brings us one step closer to finding a cure and saving countless lives.

"One of my mottos in life has always been 'Next.' As in looking toward what the next challenge and obstacle is, rather than dwelling on the past. It is my hope, along with all of the coaches who get involved with this great cause, that our 'Next' in the fight against cancer will be survivorship."

Join Coach Bo Ryan in the fight against cancer. Buy a Coaches vs. Cancer t-shirt to show your support at www.fightcancertogether.com. Visit www.coachesvscancerwisconsin.org for more information! Join in the fight today!

By lacing up sneakers with their suits on the event's seventh annual awareness weekend, college and high school basketball coaches across the country 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, exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk. In the U.S., overweight and obesity contribute to 14-to-20 percent of all cancer-related deaths.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches and fans throughout the nation, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $60 million since 1993 to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

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