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Students, Community and Two Major League Baseball Players Will Stand Up To Cancer

The Bethel College men’s basketball team in connection with the college’s science department will hold a Stand Up to Cancer event coinciding with a conference home game in the Wiekamp Athletic Center against Indiana Wesleyan University at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12.

“The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the cancer research at Bethel, raise funds for the science department and most importantly, to stand up for cancer together as a community,” says Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Lightfoot.

The Undergraduate Research Group (URG) of Associate Professor of Biochemistry Lynne Cary, Ph.D., is comprised of Bethel students who are currently studying the problem that not all chemotherapy treatments work the same for all patients. Their hypothesis is that different drugs will have different effects, and that long-term treatments may in fact cause harm to the patient. They are analyzing the cytotoxic effects of these drugs on non-target tissues, such as liver cells. Their hope is that this research could lead to more research that would improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment.

To help raise funds at the game, two former Bethel baseball standouts will be attending: Eric Stults, pitcher for the San Diego Padres, and Justin Masterson, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. The two major league players will be at the game signing autographs and saying a few words during halftime about how cancer has affected their own families. Stults and Masterson will also be a part of a baseball workshop on campus earlier in the day.

Tickets to the game are $5 for adults and children 6 and under are free.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.