LSU Shows Support For Prostate Cancer Awareness
BATON ROUGE – When the LSU football team takes the field against Auburn, the Tigers will have something extra on the back of their helmets.
This week LSU football is joining with the Southeastern Conference to help raise awareness of prostate cancer by honoring former commissioner Mike Slive, who battled the disease during his athletics administration career.
In a nationally-televised game against Auburn, LSU will wear helmet stickers with a blue ribbon and “Slive” written across the ribbon.
While the football team is proud to take part in raising awareness for prostate cancer, they aren’t the only sport at LSU to help in the fight against the disease.
Several of LSU’s sports have stepped in to show support and raise awareness for prostate cancer.
LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux, baseball head coach Paul Mainieri and men’s basketball head coach Johnny Jones are all honorary chairpersons of the Blue Ribbon Soirée, an event held each year to benefit prostate cancer research.
“This past year we decided to raise awareness for prostate cancer and breast cancer as a united mission for our competition this season because it matters to us and the diseases affect many people,” Breaux said.
Breaux’s sister, Janey Nasca, has taken the cause of fighting prostate cancer to heart and has shown a passion for raising awareness in the local community.
Nasca lost her husband, Joel, to the disease in 2011, and her family friend Dr. Larry Ferachi, who served as a team doctor for the Tigers for many years, passed away from prostate cancer in 2012.
“I’m all about carrying on my husband’s quest for a cure for prostate cancer. He didn’t take it sitting down. He traveled the country along with Larry Ferachi to participate in clinical trial studies to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” Nasca said. “I have had two grandsons born since my husband passed away, and I am all about the future of our sons, brothers, uncles and the male friends in all our lives.
“I have a passion to fight for a cure, and I am proud that others are taking up the cause and seeking to raise awareness and find a cure for prostate cancer.”
Nasca and many others put on two events in the Baton Rouge area to raise funding for prostate cancer research, and both events are coming up within the next month.
Together, the One Man Shoot and Blue Ribbon Soirée have raised more than $1 million to support prostate cancer research.
While September is national prostate cancer awareness month, the Fighting Tigers of LSU will continue to raise awareness and support the fight for the cure throughout the year.