After a three-year hiatus due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sideline Cancer, the non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer patients, made a triumphant return to the spotlight. Their recent event, a “Bigger Than Football” game at SFU, marked a significant moment in the organization’s history, raising $3,400 for Evan Sanders, a student at the university battling Leukemia. This heartwarming initiative took center stage on National Television, with CBS Sports Network broadcasting the game, a historic first for SFU Football.
The wheels were set in motion shortly after the intense Hollidaysburg v. Altoona Rivalry Game. QB Cole Doyle, a Walter Payton Finalist in 2022 and a key figure in Sideline Cancer, reached out to the organization with a unique proposition. He wanted to organize a special game at SFU, not just for the love of football, but to support a fellow student, Evan Sanders, who was courageously facing the challenges of Leukemia.
On October 12th, the much-anticipated “Bigger Than Football” game unfolded at SFU, making history as the FIRST National TV Game in SFU Football History. CBS Sports Network provided extensive coverage, shedding light on Sideline Cancer’s mission and Evan Sanders’ journey during the entire third quarter of the game.
The event was not just a showcase of athleticism; it was a powerful demonstration of community support. A remarkable $3,400 was raised during the game, with the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to the Sanders Family as they navigated the complexities of Evan’s medical journey. The outpouring of generosity from the community exemplified the true spirit of Sideline Cancer and its commitment to making a positive impact.
In the post-game interview, QB Cole Doyle expressed the sentiment that echoed through the hearts of everyone involved: “Tonight was for Evan.” This profound dedication illustrated the unity and compassion that football, as a sport, can foster. SFU emerged victorious over Wagner University, but the real triumph of the night was the collective effort to support Evan Sanders in his fight against Leukemia.
Adding a touch of lightheartedness to the poignant occasion, QB Cole Doyle marked the victory by chugging from the iconic “I Can Cup.” This symbolic gesture not only celebrated the triumph on the football field but also encapsulated the resilience and camaraderie that define Sideline Cancer’s mission.
The return of Sideline Cancer to SFU after a prolonged hiatus was not just a game; it was a testament to the strength of community, compassion, and the indomitable human spirit.
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