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Brotherly Love: Stuart Scott’s Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Teams With ESPN, The V Foundation and UFC In Cancer Research Drive

Before UFC's 3rd Annual "Fight Like Hell Night" in honor of the ESPN legend, learn more about the teamwork behind the “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” campaign

Advance. It’s important to advance cancer research, and equally important to get cancer screenings in advance.

That’s what ESPN, the V Foundation and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., are trying to as they collaborate for the second-straight year to drive awareness and support for the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund through the Alpha Phi Alpha “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” campaign. Stuart was an Alpha Brother, and he championed cancer research, and especially was committed to improve outcomes for minorities disproportionately affected by the disease.

The “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” campaign encourages people to give in multiples of $19.06 to highlight the 1906 establishment of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and go schedule a medical appointment for cancer screening.

As part of their Founder’s Day — Saturday, Dec. 4 — the Alpha brothers will release a video of Alpha Phi Alpha General President Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III, introducing this year’s campaign with the V Foundation and ESPN to support Stuart’s fund. That evening, UFC will host its 3rd annual “UFC Fight Like Hell Night” to honor Stuart and drive funds toward his fund.

“It gives me tremendous joy to see ESPN, the V Foundation and my beloved Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. collaborate again for such a wonderful cause,” said ESPN content associate Eric Sellers. “The ‘Give and Go to Fight Cancer’ campaign has the potential to save many lives with more people going out to have a cancer screening. I am sure that my Alpha brother Stuart Scott would be proud that all three organizations are doing their part to close the gap in the disparities that the Black community faces when it comes to cancer research.”

Through the Stuart Scott Fund, the V Foundation has invested more than 12.7 million dollars in grants that are designed to support the work of minority scientists and research that is dedicated to finding therapeutic treatments and positive outcomes for African Americans and other minority populations. Today and every day, we celebrate Stuart’s legacy through the fund.

“When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer,” Scott said after receiving the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPYs. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

His words continue to empower us.

To continue supporting cancer research for minorities by going to v.org/aphia, or to learn more, visit v.org/stuart.

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