MIDLAND - The Saginaw Valley State University football team will once again be teaming up with Northwood University in conjunction with the annual Axe Bowl game to raise funds for Cancer Awareness.
The teams will be holding a "Game to Remember" this week, where fans and the community have the opportunity to donate $5 and they will be given a pink helmet decal, on which they can write the name of a cancer survivor or victim. An SVSU or Northwood player will wear that decal during Saturday's contest at Northwood.
These helmet decals will be sold on campus, outside of the Marketplace at Doan from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 20) and Wednesday (Oct. 21). They can also be purchased just inside Hantz Stadium on game day Saturday or at the Northwood University tailgate prior to the game.
All donations will go to benefit the MidMichigan - Midland Cancer Fund and will be donated in remembrance of Pat Riepma, the longtime Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Northwood University, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.
"We are excited to once again be a part of such a worthwhile fundraiser and cause," said SVSU Head Coach Jim Collins. "The impact that the money raised makes this a very important piece in our efforts to help others and give back to the community. Knowing that the funds will be donated in remembrance of Coach Riepma makes our event even more special, as he truly served as the model for the type of individual you want leading your team, no matter what challenge you are taking on!"
The fund helps local cancer patients off-set the costs associated with their treatments. It's used to help the patients with transportation and lodging costs as well as the costs for ancillary medical supplies, including: wigs, scarfs and other head wear.
For more information on this fundraiser, please contact Dan Strasz at 989-964-7119.