In 2007, Catherine Barnes, the mother of Matt Barnes, passed away. Just twenty-six days earlier Catherine had been diagnosed with four types of cancer. In 2008, Matt launched Athletes vs. Cancer so that others wouldn't have to go through what he and his family went through, "losing a loved one without having the opportunity to receive the knowledge and proper resources that can assist in early detection and thorough treatment".
The mission of Athletes vs. Cancer is to "provide support and resources for individuals and families affected by youth and adult cancer". They do this is by providing financial grants to help families meet their costs and by creating opportunities for youth and young adults to socialize with others.
This weekend, Fightback Weekend, Athletes vs. Cancer has put together opportunities to help these young people and their families achieve both of these goals.
Celebrity Flag Football Game
If you look really closely, you can see that Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, among others will be playing and (from their facebook page):
100% of the proceeds will benefit the Athletes vs. Cancer Scholarship Fund which will award current patients or survivors touched by cancer, that are pursuing their collegiate level of education.
Tickets start at only $15. Using the previous link and posting to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #BFAfightsCancer will trigger a matching contribution to the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation from the Bruin Fan Alliance. The game will be held at UCLA's Drake stadium at 4 pm Pacific Time.
Fightback Comedy Jam
Also as part of Fightback Weekend, tonight Matt Barnes will present a Comedy Jam at the Conga Club (L.A. Live), starring Red Grant (and friends).
Tickets on sale NOW at www.CongaRoom.com - come support a great cause! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Athletes vs. Cancer Scholarship Fund which will be awarded to a current patient or survivor pursuing their collegiate level of education.
General admission is $25, preferred seating is $53.
So come out and enjoy the fun. It's a lot easier than doing this:
I hope some of you can make it out to Drake on Sunday. It should be great fun.
Have a wonderful day, and as always ...