Providence, R.I. – On Monday, October 16, Brown Football will host the 13th annual Bench Press for Cancer on Brown's Main Campus Green. This event was created in 2004 to help former team captain Lawrence Rubida '05 and his family pay for the medical bills associated with his battle against Ewing's Sarcoma. Despite Lawrence's passing, his former teammates and those that have followed have lived by his credo "never quit."
Over the years, hundreds of student-athletes, faculty and staff have continued the legacy of support to families affected by cancer raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Cancer Survivorship Program for Young Adults at the Miriam Hospital, the principal teaching hospital for Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School.
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.
Participants will bench press a weight of either 165 lbs or 75 lbs for as many reps as possible. The more reps they put up, the more money is raised. In order to raise the money, participants find sponsors who make a per-rep pledge or donate a flat fee. For example, if a sponsor makes a per rep pledge of $10 and the participant does 25 reps, then the sponsor donates $250.
The bears raised $23,000 last year and plan on bringing together the Brown community to shatter last year's total.
Here's how you can help:
1. To donate online or to learn more about the Cancer Survivorship program go to www.crowdrise.com/bp4c2017
2. To donate by check make it out to "Bench Press for Cancer" and send it to the Brown Football offices.
3. If you'd like to donate in person & enjoy the sights and sounds of the event, come to Brown's Main Green from 9am-4pm on Monday, October 16th