Swish! 3-point shots aren’t only adding points to college and high school basketball team scores, but they are raising funds to help combat cancers like mesothelioma. The Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge brings basketball fans and their favorite teams together to support a good cause.

“Over 15 million cancer survivors provide proof that we are making a difference.”
– Norm Stewart

Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge

Every 3-point shot is a donation to help beat cancer. All proceeds raised are given directly to the American Cancer Society.

“At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention.”
– American Cancer Society

Throughout the whole month of February, college basketball teams will be raising funds. In January, high school teams raised donations from their games.

The vision for this challenge was brought to life by Norm Stewart. Stewart is the former head coach of the University of Missouri. He is also a cancer survivor.

According to the National Cancer Institute, “Approximately 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.”

Norman Stewart is the inspiration behind the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. It all started when he encouraged Missouri Tiger fans to donate a dollar for every 3-pointer that the team made.

American Cancer Society logoWhat started as one team helping individuals fight cancer, developed into something bigger. Today, this challenge is nationally recognized and every basketball season thousands of coaches, players, and fans participate in it.

In the United States, cancer affects the lives of many families. In fact, every year 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed. Through raising donations and volunteering for cancer organizations, there is hope that someday cancers like this will cease to exist.

How You Can Support Coaches vs. Cancer

So far for the 2018 season, the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge has raised over $150,000 and has had over 1,200 pledges.

So how can you help support your favorite team on the court?

It is simple.

By visiting the 3pointchallenge.org official website, you can check on your favorite team or teams and take the pledge. The website even predicts how many 3-pointers each college basketball team is anticipated to make.

As a fan, you have the option to pledge a donation for every 3-pointer made, or you can make a one-time donation. All donations are tax-deductible.

American Cancer Society: Helping Cure Mesothelioma

There are hundreds of different types of cancer. Among them is an incurable disease called mesothelioma.

Raising funds for organizations like the American Cancer Society helps open doors to find cures, and it explores new cancer prevention techniques. It also helps provide mesothelioma warriors with hope.

The American Cancer Society helps provide a support system to cancer patients. It has programs that help individuals during this milestone in their lives.

Sometimes a mesothelioma patient may travel out of state to find the best treatment for them. Hope Lodge is a program that helps provide accommodations to patients when they need to travel long distances.

Learn more about the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program in this short video:

Sometimes It may be tough for a mesothelioma patient to get a ride to their treatments. Unfortunately, many patients may skip them because of this. The Road to Recovery program consists of volunteer drivers that help patients get to all of their appointments, including their follow-ups.

Image of Nurse Jenna.It is important that mesothelioma warriors and their caregivers know that they are not alone. For more information about organizations that can help, please contact Mesothelioma Guide’s patient advocate Jenna Campagna. You can reach her at 888-385-2024 extension 102 or by emailing jenna@mesotheliomaguide.com.

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About the Writer, Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She writes and edits pages to make sure that mesothelioma patients and their families receive the most current and significant information about mesothelioma.