Feb. 21, 2012
In keeping with what has become an annual tradition, the Vanderbilt women's basketball team will dedicate its final regular season home game to raise awareness for an organization at the choosing of its senior class.
This year, the team's lone senior, Jordan Coleman, has chosen to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network during Vanderbilt's meeting with Alabama on Sunday, February 26.
Coleman, a native of Orlando, Fla., has an uncle who was afflicted with pancreatic cancer but is currently in remission. She has chosen to raise awareness through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which helps to both fund research to fight pancreatic cancer and support those diagnosed with it.
The first 500 fans in attendance at Sunday's game versus the Crimson Tide will receive purple t-shirts, while the first 2,000 fans will receive awareness wristbands with the Action Network's slogan, "Know it. Fight it. End it." The Commodores are also encouraging all fans to wear purple to show their support.
This unique tradition began in 2009 when seniors Amy Malo, Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth wanted to raise awareness for Lyme Disease after then-sophomore and current graduate assistant Rebecca Silinski was diagnosed with the disease in December 2008. Silinski was the fourth member of her immediate family to receive the diagnosis.
In 2010, senior Merideth Marsh asked fans to wear blue to raise awareness for an organization called "Well Worth It" which was raising money to build a well in a Kenyan town.
Last year, Silinksi and classmates Jence Rhoads and Hannah Tuomi chose to sponsor a young girl from Mexico through the organization World Vision, which fights childhood poverty.
The contest tips-off at 3:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym. Coleman and the team's senior managers will be honored following the game.
For more information on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, visit http://www.pancan.org/.