HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team will host "Sticks & Stones To Conquer Prostate Cancer" on Saturday, April 18, as part of a season-long fundraising campaign to benefit prostate cancer research. The fundraiser will take place in conjunction with the last home game of the year as the squad hosts Notre Dame University at 11 a.m. during Senior Recognition Day. The fundraiser will feature a raffle, as well as sales of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, T-shirts and wristbands. All proceeds will benefit prostate cancer research. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit the team's fundraising page by clicking here.
"As a program, it is important to remember that there is more to success than just X's and O's," said Eric Fekete, Quinnipiac men's lacrosse head coach. "We have great student-athletes but, more importantly, great individuals on our team. I am proud, but not surprised, at their passion to support such a great cause."
The Quinnipiac University's men's lacrosse team has already raised more than $8,000 for prostate cancer research while working with Athletes for a Cure, a division of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The team selected the cause after the father of team athletic trainer Rebecca Vozzo was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2006. In addition, several team members have since seen relatives or friends suffer from the disease.
Although not as well recognized as other diseases, prostate cancer is one of the major threats to American men today. Statistics show that one in six men develop prostate cancer, making it the most common non-skin cancer. Men are 35 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than women are to developing breast cancer. There are approximately two million American men suffering from prostate cancer today, and every 19 minutes someone dies from the disease. For more information on prostate cancer, please visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation's official website or Athletes for a Cure's official website.