‘Coaches vs. Cancer’ raises $12K towards cancer research in Rhode Island

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Dozens got together on Friday morning for the annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” breakfast to share and listen to stories about those who have battled the deadly disease.

The four Division 1 men’s basketball coaches in the state were on a panel adding to the conversation.

“The more we can do to raise money and awareness and fight the battle against cancer, hopefully it’ll save lives and in some point in time, impact in a positive way,” Archie Miller, the head coach of University of Rhode Island men’s basketball, said.

The fundraising breakfast featured coaches Ed Cooley (Providence College), Archie Miller (URI), Jared Grasso (Bryant), and Mike Martin (Brown), who spear-headed the event.

“Just to try to do whatever we can here locally, there’s some great national efforts and national campaigns, but we want to try to continue to do more here in Rhode Island,” Martin said.

The opportunity to be on a panel with one another was not only enjoyable for the coaches, but an important chance to use their positions to spread the message.

“All of us communicate pretty regularly and I think we have a great group in the state of Rhode Island to work together, which is unique at times to be able to come together like this, but it was a great morning,” Miller said.

This, being a national initiative, the smallest state in the United States, raised over $10,000 dollars towards a big purpose.

“This state is so passionate about college basketball, so passionate about the sport, and I think all four programs have great reason to be optimistic and excited for the future so really fun to be with them and even more important that we’re doing it for a great cause,” Martin said.

“Coaches vs. Cancer” has raised more than $115 million nationally towards the American Cancer Society.

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