Bethel Pilots Team Up Against Cancer

Bethel College students, faculty and staff will Team Up Against Cancer by participating in several events on Jan. 24 and 25. Events include a campus-wide hat day, fundraiser for Hello Gorgeous and a special focus on cancer awareness at the men’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 25.

“Our hope is that ‘Team Up Against Cancer’ will be an annual event for the Bethel community,” says Mike Lightfoot, head men’s basketball coach. “We’d like to have several opportunities for students, faculty and staff to show support for those battling cancer and also sponsor a different local organization each year who, in some way, is assisting those affected by cancer.”

This year’s selected organization is Hello Gorgeous, who provides professional makeovers and cosmetic education to all women battling all cancers. Friends and family can nominate a woman for a makeover by visiting the Hello Gorgeous website at

Team Up Against Cancer activities at Bethel this weekend:

Friday, Jan. 24

  • Hat day for all students, faculty and staff to show support for those battling cancer. Participants are encouraged to post photos of their hats to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TeamUpHatsOff.
  • Fundraiser for Hello Gorgeous – the residence hall that raises the most money will win the chance to give a makeover to Bethel’s president, Gregg A. Chenoweth, Ph.D., to be revealed in chapel on Monday, Jan. 27.

Saturday, Jan. 25

  • All proceeds from the men’s basketball game against Indiana Wesleyan University will be given to Hello Gorgeous. The game is at 3 p.m. in the Wiekamp Athletic Center and is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. Cancer survivors are welcome to attend free of charge.
  • The game will be played in honor of Kathy Gribbin and Leslie Greising, members of the Bethel community who lost their battles with cancer in 2013.
  • Information tables will be set up in the lobby of the athletic center – game attendees can connect with local organizations that assist those affected by cancer and also learn about the cancer research taking place at Bethel.
  • Bethel alumna Holly (Fry) Young ’97 will speak at halftime. Young ran a 50-mile ultra marathon in October to honor Gribbin and raised more than $15,000 for Hello Gorgeous, who had given Gribbin a makeover while she was battling cancer.