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Cancer Finds Worthy Opponent in Coach Jeff Lebo

Jan. 15, 2007

Auburn, Alabama - This season, Coach Jeff Lebo is in a face-off worthy of the Final Four, but a victory here doesn't mean a trophy or a national championship. In this challenge, winning means saving lives. Coach Lebo is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program, teaming up with the American Cancer Society in the fight of a lifetime.

As part of Coaches vs. Cancer, Coach Lebo will be hosting a silent auction at the AU vs. Florida men's basketball game on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 1:30 pm. Items in the auction include autographed items from Coach Lebo, Coach Dave Odom, Charles Barkley, Bo Jackson and many more Auburn stars; a trip for two to the SEC Tournament in Atlanta, March 8-11, 2007; and apparel from many of Auburn's athletic teams.

Money raised from Coaches vs. Cancer funds the American Cancer Society's research initiatives, patient services and educational campaigns that encourage healthy lifestyle choices, like avoiding tobacco, staying active and eating a healthy diet.

"Cancer is a tough competitor, but our team is committed to beating it," said Coach Lebo. "We're excited to be able to support the American Cancer Society's efforts through this program, and we know that our fans will rally for such an important cause."

This year, it is estimated that more than 1,500 people each day will die from cancer. More than 1.3 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2007. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and one of every three deaths is from cancer. Since 1990, nearly 17 million new cancer cases have been diagnosed. In the United States, men have a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women the risk is one in three.

Since the alliance of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society in 1993, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has delivered lifesaving messages to thousands of young Americans about staying cancer-free.

"Until there is a cure for cancer, awareness and prevention are the keys to beating this disease," Lebo said.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

To purchase tickets for the game, call 1-800-282-1957 or online at, click TICKETS.

To make a donation to Coaches vs. Cancer, call 1-800-ACS-2345 and indicate that you would like to make a donation to Coaches vs. Cancer of Lee County, Alabama in support of Coach Jeff Lebo.



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