Both team have been affected by cancer
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014) — When the 20th ranked Transylvania University (4-0) women’s basketball team hosts Mount St. Joseph University (2-2) on Wednesday donations will be accepted to support former Transylvania player Torsie Haugli and current Mount St. Joseph’s player Lauren Hill, who are both battling cancer.
Haugli, a 2014 Transylvania graduate, was diagnosed in May with acute large cell lymphoma and is undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Cancer Clinic.
Hill, a Mount St. Joseph freshman, has made national headlines for continuing to play basketball despite battling diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the nervous system.
All proceeds from Wednesday’s game will benefit the Torsie Lymphoma Research Fund and The Cure Starts Now Foundation.
Fans who donate a minimum of $1 will have an opportunity to help both causes with a halftime challenge—Layups for Lauren and Torsie. Each donor will spin five times before attempting a layup with their non-dominant hand. Fans can also purchase T-shirts to support the causes with a minimum $5 donation.
“The opportunity for us to show our support for these two young ladies is something that I didn’t want us to miss and I hope our community can rally around,” said Holly Sheilley Transylvania athletic director. “The tenacity and strength that Torsie and Lauren have shown and continue to show is worthy to celebrate and spread.”
The game begins at 7:30 p.m.