PITTSBURGH -- On Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, the Point Park University women's basketball team will be hosting its annual Nancy Gallagher Cancer Awareness game, and this year's focus is "Saving Aiden Zangrilli."
All proceeds of the game between Point Park (21-4, 8-3 KIAC) and cross-town rival Carlow will benefit Aiden Zangrilli, a 2-year-old boy from Pittsburgh who is battling leukemia and is currently in need of a stem cell donor match. Game time on Feb. 18 is 5:30 p.m. at CCAC-South. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Going beyond the fund-raising efforts is an even more important cause -- finding a donor match for Aiden and others like him. The game on Feb. 18 will be your chance to help "Save Aiden" or someone you may know.
Representatives from "Be The Match" and BeTheMatch.org will be in attendance Feb. 18 conducting screenings for those who wish to help the cause and join the national donor database. By conducting a simple mouth swab, fans in attendance can add their name to the nation-wide list of donors who could potentially be a stem cell or bone marrow match for Aiden or others with the disease.
Aiden is in need of a stem cell match although there are many patients all over the country looking for stem cell and/or bone marrow matches. With your help, the chances of finding a match will increase.
Search "Saving Aiden" on Facebook to learn more. Join the "Saving Aiden" Facebook Event that has been set up by Point Park University women's basketball and also log on to Facebook.com/ForTheSakeofAiden for more information about Aiden's daily battle at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Point Park University is located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Pioneers are currently in the "others receiving votes" section of the NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll with a record of 21-4 and 8-3 KIAC.
Point Park women's basketball has hosted for the last several years an annual cancer awareness game. Two years ago, on Feb. 1, 2013, Nancy Gallagher, the mother of then-current Point Park women's basketball player Maeve Gallagher, was an honoary coach during the Pioneers' victory over Daemen in the "Cancer Awareness Game."
Nancy Gallagher lost her battle with cancer on Nov. 25, 2013. That season, Point Park women's basketball dedicated its annual cancer game and named it in honor of Mrs. Gallagher. The first Nancy Gallagher Cancer Awareness Game took place on Feb. 8, 2014 versus IU Southeast.
This year's "Nancy Gallagher Cancer Awareness Game" has taken on a new cause with that being to help the "Saving Aiden" initiative that his family has begun.
Point Park University women's basketball asks that you consider joining this worthy cause with your attendance on Feb. 18 and also your willingness to partake in the donor screenings conducted by Be The Match.
All admission is General Admission. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for students. Potential donors for Be The Match must be between the ages of 18 and 44. Visit www.BeTheMatch.org to learn more.
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