Nov. 2, 2011
PULLMAN -- The Washington State University Track and Field teams sold inspirational message wristbands and have donated $300 to assist in the needs of local cancer patients.
The wristband sales were led by seniors Jake Baertlein and Sean Wilson, the Cougar track and field teams sold wristbands to show support for Sandy Sloan, wife of Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan, who is currently being treated for colon cancer. The wristbands are black with red lettering stating "Whatever it Takes," a motto the teams chose for the year and one that Rick and Sandy embraced after her diagnosis last summer.
This is not the first time the WSU track team has dealt with cancer. Sloan, in his 39th year with the WSU track program and his 18th year as head coach, is a prostate cancer survivor. Current junior high jumper Shawn Swartz completed a two-year treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and former hurdler, Eric Nygard, battled testicular cancer in 2006.
The donation will assist cancer patients in the Quad Cities (Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, Clarkson) areas.