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Concord Student Athletes Helping In Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
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Concord Student Athletes Helping In Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer

ATHENS - Concord University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting “Purple Day” to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer during the men’s basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 20. Tip-off will be at 4 p.m. in the Carter Center gymnasium as the Mountain Lions take on West Liberty.

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the disease is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Half of admission receipts from the game and all donations will be given to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Cancer survivors will be recognized during halftime. Individuals wishing to participate in the recognition may register prior to the game in the Carter Center lobby. All guests are being asked to wear purple to the game to show their support. Purple ribbons will be handed out to further promote pancreatic cancer awareness.

Head Athletic Trainer Tracy McCallister says “Purple Day” is a new event, but she hopes it will be held annually. She also encourages attendance “to show support for promoting pancreatic cancer awareness, to join us in recognizing all cancer survivors in attendance at the game, and to come out for our home opener for a very promising 2010-2011 Concord University men’s basketball team.”

For additional information on the “Purple Day” event contact McCallister at or 304-384-5954. Visit to learn more about
the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


Wendy Holdren, a Concord University senior majoring in English with an emphasis in journalism, wrote this article. Her hometown is Justice, W.Va.