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Georgetown College and Taylor University women's soccer teams have one message to send during their game this season. Along with the battle on the field, both teams will be hoping to help in the fight against cancer.
The Tigers have organized in cooperation with the Trojans a "NFCR's Kick It To Cancer Match" 4 p.m. Sept. 17 supporting the National Foundation for Cancer Research with the focus being on the battle against breast cancer.
NFCR is an organization that is attacking cancer research at the most fundamental level and hopes to bring the brightest minds together in this mission. All of this is helping to create better prevention strategies, earlier diagnostic techniques and new anti-cancer drugs and treatments.
Some of the notable achievements thus far by the organization are:
· Developed and optimized 25 novel research tools and technologies
· Identified 30 new drug candidates
· Identified and characterized 11 cancer biomarkers
· Conducted 12 clinical trials to advance new drugs or new treatments from the laboratory research phase into clinical development
· Identified and evaluated three dietary nutrients that may have potential therapeutic properties for use in cancer prevention and treatment
Published more than 124 research papers, helping
to make significant contributions to our understanding of the complex nature of
In order to help support NFCR, GC will be accepting donations at the gate as well as selling T-shirts to raise money for the cause. The Tigers chose breast cancer specifically because of the numerous people who have been touched by this disease in the Georgetown family and community. GC coach Leah Crews Castleman will be looking to invite several survivors and current fighters of this illness to honor and recognize throughout the game.
Tiger players will be wearing special pink socks as a visible sign for their support on the battle against cancer as well as distributing materials to better inform those in attendance about breast cancer specifically.