Providence, R.I. - The early returns are in and the Brown University Football Team's 8th Annual Bench Press for Cancer was an overwhelming success!
Members of the 2014 Brown University Football Team, their coaches, family, friends, alumni and members of the Brown Community have raised nearly $22,000 thus far for the Cancer Survivorship Program for Young Adults at Miriam Hospital.
The event took place on Brown University's Main Green on October 27th and was coordinated by senior linebacker Caleb Cragle.
"I'm so thankful to all that participated and donated to this year's event," Cragle said. "We do this each year in honor of a former teammate Lawrence Rubida '05 who passed away from Ewing's Sarcoma. To see all of the money we have raised each year go to such a worthwhile cause is pretty special."
Some of the highlights from this year's event include sophomore offensive lineman Clayton Eubank (Coto De Caza, CA) putting up a team-high 51 reps of 165 lbs. Brown head coach Phil Estes was challenged by alumnus Kevin A. Seaman '69 to put up as many reps as he could at $25.00 per repetition. Coach Estes managed to put up 41 reps raising $1,025.00 for the event.
This year, the Brown Football Team wanted their hard work to make a difference locally which is why they decided to team up with Miriam Hospital and the Survivorship Program for Young Adults.
Care at The Miriam Hospital doesn't end when the last cancer treatment finishes. The program, the first of its kind in Rhode Island, provides long-term evaluation, health education, and emotional support for the unique needs of young adult cancer survivors—for the rest of their lives. A dedicated nurse practitioner works with survivors to help them live the healthiest, fullest lives possible once active treatment has completed.
"We are blessed to work with true partners on the Brown University football team who understand the importance of using their skills and talents as athletes to give back to our community of cancer survivors, in memory of their teammate Lawrence Rubida. They have established an exciting alliance with patients at The Miriam by raising critically needed funds to support our cancer survivorship program and will coach and encourage patients to sustain good health following their battle with cancer," said Fred J. Schiffman, MD, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director of The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital.
Donations are still coming in so the final amount raised from this year's event has yet to be determined. For those interested in supporting the cause, there is still time to donate by visiting the Bench Press for Cancer website at: giving.lifespan.org/benchpress-4-cancer.
Meanwhile, in their everyday lives, members of the Brown Football team continue to excel in the classroom, the community and on the football field. Winners of four out of their last five games, the Bears host Ivy League rival Yale this Saturday at Brown Stadium at 12:30pm.