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Spartans Join Fight Against Cancer

Posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by CommunityEngagement.
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Two big events at UNCG last weekend helped raise funds for the fight against children’s cancer.

About 1,100 students joined in UNCG’s Spartathon – a Saturday evening dancethon in Fleming Gym – and raised about $1,200. “All of the proceeds will be given to Brenner Children’s Hospital and go toward children recently diagnosed with pediatric cancer,” said Crystal Bayne, president of the UNCG Student Government. “There was great music, dancing and fun all night long!”

From glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark jewelry to confetti cannons to the raffling of a 50-inch, flat-screen television, it was a memorable evening – for an excellent cause. “I think our students truly enjoyed the event! There was even a 9-foot Transformer/robot that danced and blew smoke out into the crowd.”

The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board.

And at the end of Sunday’s baseball victory over Elon, UNCG Baseball raised $4,516 for the “Vs. Cancer Foundation.” Many of the Spartan players had their heads shaved – fans pledged money to see it happen. They lost a few locks and gained a lot of satisfaction knowing it was for a great cause.

UNCG cheerleader Amber Coe threw out the first pitch at the game. She was diagnosed with cancer as a high school student and was successfully treated at Brenner’s.

“It’s great to see the students come together and raise money for such a great cause,” she said in a video promoting the event. “The Vs. Cancer Foundation does give a lot of money to the Brenner’s Children’s Foundation. And that’s great – helping those kids affected by cancer every day is so important.”

Learn more about Coe’s story in this UNCG Athletics video clip.

reposted from UNCG News & Features
By Mike Harris, University Relations