Sept. 26, 2013
Vanderbilt student-athletes and coaches hope to raise awareness this Saturday to medical research efforts aimed at finding cures for youth cancer and muscular dystrophy.
The Commodores will wear logos of the two awareness projects, Coaches Curing Kids Cancer (CCKC) and Coach To Cure MD, when they face UAB on campus. Kickoff for the game is 6:30 p.m., at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Both players and coaches will don CCKC items to help raise awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Commodore players will wear a CCKC helmet sticker while Vanderbilt coaches will wear the organization's lanyards and whistles during pregame activities.
The Commodores are joining the Coaches Curing Kids Cancer effort after CCKC founder Grainne Owen spokes to the team earlier this year. Owen and her husband founded the organization after their son Killiam lost his battle with leukemia at the age of nine.
Earlier this week, Murfreesboro youngster Alex Scogins made a return visit to the Commodores' practice. Scogins, an eight-year-old who recently received months of cancer treatment at Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, spoke to the team at the conclusion of practice Wednesday, then spent more time with the team's quarterback corps.
Three weeks ago, Scogins was named as honorary Commodore team member by Vanderbilt players.
To raise awareness of the Coach To Cure MD drive, Vanderbilt coaches also will wear patches on their gameday shirts. The campaign is a national effort spearheaded by the American Football Coaches Association to fund Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. The Vanderbilt staff is one of nearly 100 Football Bowl Championship programs supporting the AFCA initiative.
To support the Coach to Cure MD effort, fans are encouraged to donate online at CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.