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Herd sponsors ‘Block Cancer’ game Thursday against UAB

Cody Linn
Marshall Athletics

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Mike Slive Foundation is partnering with Conference USA on the Block Cancer initiative throughout the month of February to raise awareness for prostate cancer with each C-USA school choosing one conference game as its Block Cancer event.
Marshall men’s basketball has designated its Thursday conference game against UAB as its Block Cancer event. Tip time is scheduled for 8 p.m.
“I hope everyone will come out and support our Block Cancer game,” fifth-year head coach Dan D’Antoni said.
“It’s for a great cause. Every family is affected. Finding a cure for cancer is not far away so let’s get behind it, do a great job of funding it and make sure we find that cure.”
The teams will wear blue Block Cancer shirts in pregame, and coaches will wear blue ties.
During the game, fans will see signage and videos that focus on increasing awareness for prostate cancer.
Fans will also have the opportunity to donate by texting GIVE to 855-662-2996, or online at mikeslivefoundation.org.
“Block Cancer Month is a fantastic initiative, and we are a honored to support the cause on our campuses,” said C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod.
“Mike Slive’s courageous fight against prostate cancer and the legacy of his foundation are inspirations to us all.”
A man dies of prostate cancer every 20 minutes, and one in seven men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. African-American men are 1.6 times more likely to get prostate cancer and more than twice likely to die from it.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death (after skin cancer) for men.
“We are excited to partner with Conference USA on the Block Cancer initiative in February,” said Anna Slive Harwood, President of the Mike Slive Foundation.
“Using the platform of college athletics to help raise awareness of prostate cancer was my father’s vision. We are grateful for the ongoing support of Conference USA as we continue to build new programming and initiatives to help change the dialogue around prostate cancer.”
The Block Cancer initiative is possible due to the generous support of many companies, including Prater Flooring and Linell Graphics.
About the Mike Slive Foundation
The Mike Slive Foundation endeavors to become a global leader in the fight to eradicate prostate cancer through public awareness and research funding in memory of Mike Slive, a transformative leader whose vision and direction revolutionized the business of collegiate sports.
For more information or to donate to the Mike Slive Foundation, visit www.mikeslivefoundation.org.
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