GU couple designs T-shirt to fight cancer - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

GU couple designs T-shirt to fight cancer

 
















(Sarah Michaelson, pictured with her husband Brian, designed the
special T-shirts after both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer)


SPOKANE, Wash. - Sarah Michaelson battled opponents from other colleges as a soccer player at Gonzaga University. Now she's taking on cancer in a personal fight with her husband, Brian, and administrators at Gonzaga University who are raising money for the nationwide organization known as Coaches vs. Cancer.

Organizers are encouraging basketball fans to wear special white T-shirts to next week's men's basketball game against the University of Portland.

"I think it's a great charity and a great cause," said Brian Michaelson who is an assistant coach and former player on the GU team. "Obviously with Sarah it's taken on a new meaning with Sarah's family battling cancer."

Sarah designed the special T-shirts that read, "I believe," after learning both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer.

"I believe in my parents and their fight and I believe in a miracle," said Sarah, whose grandfather passed away from cancer. "I felt like this was an awesome opportunity to feel like I was doing something and not as helpless, just something positive I can do to make a difference."

Sarah and Brian are selling the shirts for $10 with all proceeds going to Coaches vs. Cancer.

"We've had online orders from California, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, New Jersey, pretty much all over the United States," said Sarah.  "Our goal is to get everyone to wear a T-shirt who has been affected by cancer to wear their shirt (next week)."

Sarah and Brian are hoping to "paint the Kennel white" on February 4 for the Zags' game at McCarthey Athletic Center.  Sarah and Brian hope everyone attending the game will wear one of the special shirts to show their support for the fight against cancer.

Eight-hundred shirts have been sold so far.

Coaches vs. Cancer has chapters on college campuses across the country with one of the largest chapters in Spokane.

Head basketball coach Mark Few and his wife Marcy have raised more than $4 million dollars for the organization since 2002.

T-shirts can be bought at 3 locations in Spokane:

  • Kimmel Athletics on Mission near the GU campus
  • U District Physical Therapy
  • McCarthey Athletic Center during home games.

Shirts can also be bought online by clicking the link to the right of this story.

- Anthony Gomes
KHQ Local News

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