March 28, 2012

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Boston-UMBC Game to 'Sock' Cancer

from staff reports

BALTIMORE – The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) announces the inaugural "Team Fight Socks It To Cancer" women's lacrosse match between UMBC and Boston University at 1 p.m. Saturday at UMBC. To drive awareness of young adult cancer, each team will wear UCF yellow colored socks with logos representing UCF, Team Fight, and their respective universities.

"This game is a re-kindling of awareness through sport," said UCF COO Brian Satola. "UCF was founded by a collegiate athlete, so we know the difference this population can make. Athletes, and college students in general, have such drive, passion, and commitment to improving their communities. They serve as our backbone for many volunteer and activation efforts."

Elizabeth Robertshaw, Boston University Women's Lacrosse Coach, adds, "We're excited to be a part of a game that has the opportunity to raise awareness for such a great cause like Team Fight and the Ulman Cancer Fund. All of us know someone who has battled cancer and the fact that this group uses the positivity and character associated with athletics to help support young adults dealing with cancer is a natural fit for us."

In addition to the custom UCF uniforms, both teams will receive pre-game pep talks from young adult cancer survivors. UCF and Teams Fight will also have ambassadors in attendance speaking with fans and distributing information.

Team USA's Kelly Berger is the coach of UMBC and Boston University features U.S. national team player Danielle Etrasco.

"It is an honor to be able to bring awareness to the outstanding TEAM FIGHT organization," Berger said. "The message that this organization sends out is one that cannot be forgotten and the entire UMBC community is excited to stand by it and bring awareness to the cause of fighting cancer."

The "Team Fight Socks It To Cancer" game will be held at the UMBC Stadium. For more information on the game, please visit http://www.goterriers.com/sports/w-lacros/bost-w-lacros-body.html.

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, our organization helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF is a founding member of the LIVESTRONGTM Young Adult Alliance and a national pioneer in developing innovative approaches in cancer support. UCF enhances lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer. For more information, please visit, www.ulmancancerfund.org.

About UCF's Team Fight:

The Ulman Cancer Fund's Team Fight is a fundraising organization that combines empowerment, exercise, and awareness building for the fight against cancer. Team Fight members train for endurance events while raising money for UCF through their participation. Team Fight also provides outstanding personal relationship building opportunities through long-term engagement — a very important part of the recovery and coping process. For more information, please visit www.teamfight.org.


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