Coaches Vs. Cancer

UMN Clinicians and Researchers Hit the Hardwood to Fight Cancer - UMN Med School Story

Author: Krystle Barbour, Media and Public Relations Specialist | MARCH 29, 2019

“I’m running more, adding in a few more practice basketball games,” laughed Christopher Weight, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “Have to be ready for the big game!”

Christopher Weight, MD, is one of five University of Minnesota Physician providers getting ready to hit the hardwood at U.S. Bank Stadium, mere hours before the NCAA athletes take the court. As a huge fan of the sport, Weight admits that alone is an honor, but what’s really fueling him for the Friday morning game is the meaning behind it.

The INFINITI Hardwood Heroes Basketball Game, benefitting Coaches vs Cancer, started in 2016, and raises money for the fight against cancer. Each year, cancer survivors are chosen to go head-to-head in a game coached by retired NCAA coaches. This year, for the first time, doctors, nurses, researchers and caregivers are joining the teams.

“I am inspired to be playing alongside survivors, and fellow researchers, providers and caregivers, all acting as a united force against cancer,” said Weight, M Health Urologic Surgeon and Masonic Cancer Center member, “Cancer is typically laden with worry and concern, and pain and suffering, an event like this, driven by motivation and excitement is inspiring.”

Through fundraising and education initiatives, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has supported the American Cancer Society in improving and saving lives from cancer nationwide and globally.

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