Eastern Raises Cancer Awareness at Events on Jan. 23 and Feb. 8

Men’s basketball coaches will wear sneakers on Coaches versus Cancer Night this Thursday, and awareness for Ovarian cancer will take place at women’s game on Feb. 8

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Cancer awareness will be featured as part of events taking place in conjunction with upcoming Eastern Washington University basketball games.

On Thursday (Jan. 23), Eastern men’s basketball coaches will be wearing sneakers with their suits as part of the annual Coaches versus Cancer recognition taking place at most universities nation-wide. The Eagles host Southern Utah at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

The other event will raise awareness for Ovarian cancer and takes place on Saturday, Feb. 8 when the Eagle women’s team hosts Montana at Reese Court at 2:05 p.m.

Marisa Lowe, the 25-year-old stepdaughter of KHQ Meteorologist Leslie Lowe, has been diagnosed twice with the disease, including a diagnosis last March of an advanced stage. As Marisa continues her treatment she hopes to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer and wants to encourage all women to get tests if something doesn't feel right.

Marisa and Leslie, who served as a guest coach at last spring’s Red-White Spring Football Game, will both be on hand for the Feb. 8 game.

“Cancer has impacted every family in some way,” said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. ”This is an opportunity for us to help continue to raise awareness and funds that will ultimately be used to a cure for all types of cancer.”

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