March 6, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University track and field teams as well as members of the WSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) are selling wristbands and raising funds for senior hurdler Eric Nygard.
Nygard, a scorer in the 400m hurdles at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, was diagnosed with testicular cancer last October and after an initial treatment was thought to be in remission. In January of this year Nygard was informed the cancer had returned and began treatment that prevents him from competing.
Nygard, from Wenatchee, Wash., is married and has an infant daughter. He is still attending classes at WSU with his goal to graduate in August and apply to dental schools.
The wristbands being sold by the track and field team and are black with a quote from Charles Beard, selected by Nygard, in yellow lettering, "When it's dark enough, you can see the stars" and his initials, E.N. The cost is $5 and the wristbands come in medium or large sizes. Arrangements to purchase a wristband can be made by contacting Cougar track and field assistant coach Ellannee Richardson at her office, 509-335-4730.
The SAAC is also conducting a penny drive through donation containers in each WSU team's locker room with the proceeds going to Nygard.
A benevolent account has been established at Washington Mutual Bank under his name for donations to assist with medical expenses. Donations can be made to the Eric Nygard account at any Washington Mutual branch.