Men's Basketball Unites With Children With Cancer Christmas Foundation

Coach Steve Cleveland joins Santa in helping share some Christmas cheer at last year's party.

The BYU men's basketball team and Gold's Gym will join the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation in an effort to raise money for families who have children with cancer.

On Saturday, BYU takes on the Washington State Cougars at the Delta Center at 4 p.m. Thousands of BYU Cougar fans can unite with the team, Gold's Gym and the foundation by donating money that will directly benefit the Christmas experience these families and their children will have this Holiday season.

At all entrances to the Delta Center, there will be volunteers for the Foundation that will collect money for those who wish to donate. At the end of the game, there will be volunteers set up at all exit locations to gather any last donations that want to be made. The Foundation is also collecting any new unwrapped toys that can be dropped off at your nearest Far West Bank or at Harmon's Down Town Auto Center, Days Market and Pizza Factory located in Provo.

One hundred percent of the money donated to the Foundation will directly go towards its Christmas party and summer luau for more than 80 families who have children with cancer living primarily in Utah County. A large portion of the money donated will purchase hundreds of toys for these parents to have gifts under the Christmas tree for their children. In addition to all of these toys, there is food, free entertainment, such as games and ornament decorating, and local celebrities including Santa, Cosmo and the BYU men's basketball team.

This will be BYU head coach Steve Cleveland's sixth year involved with the Foundation and their Christmas party as honorary chairman. It will also be the sixth year BYU coaches, players and their families have volunteered for the Christmas party.

"It has been such a positive experience for the coaches, players and our families to help out with the party," Cleveland said. "And we couldn't have this opportunity if it weren't for so many generous people donating to the Foundation to help these families."

Cheryl Rose, vice chairman to the Foundation and wife of associate head coach Dave Rose, discussed the challenges these families face financially and how the foundation hopes to help these families now and in the future.

"For many of these families, it is financially impossible to always have food on the table, a roof over their head or even have Christmas," Rose said. "We want to create a Christmas experience that they will never forget and hopefully in the future help families meet those basic needs that they can't on their own."

Rose says she has always had a problem asking for donations, but with such a meaningful cause it's been easy for her. It's enriched her life, which is something she wishes others would enjoy by contributing to these families.

Any last toy or money donations will need to be made by this Tuesday before the Christmas party on December 14.

For more information about donating to the Children With Cancer Christmas Foundation, contact Cheryl Rose, at (801) 375-5768 or Bob Brockbank, at (801) 802-8881. You can also visit their World Wide Web site on the Internet at www.christmas-foundation.org.

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