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Help us raise money for The ChadTough Foundation during rivalry week

Let’s create some good out of this showcase for our state.

Photo Gallery: Michigan 29, Air Force 13 Dustin Johnston / Maize n Brew

Michigan Football comes off of its bye week in a big way on Saturday night when they welcome the Michigan State Spartans to town. All eyes will be on the state for one of the most heated rivalries in the Big Ten before a national audience.

There will be trash talk from both sides, but we wanted to use the week and the spotlight on the rivalry to raise awareness and money for a cause that is near and dear to many of us.

A lot of you out there may know someone affected by various forms of cancer. It sucks and it is hard to watch our loved ones go through this. What makes it even more difficult to swallow is when we see young kids affected by it.

The surgeries, the treatments, the doctors appointments and general stress and anguish of the situation are a lot to bear and a huge burden for both patients and their families. But they are not alone in this fight. None of us are.

So this week, MnB will be raising money for a cause that hits home for fans in the Ann Arbor community: The ChadTough Foundation.

The foundation was set up after Chad Carr, the grandson of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and passed away in 2015 after a tough and courageous fight. It was set up by his family to honor his battle and continue to raise money for research.

The mission of the foundation, as laid out by the website, can be seen below:

The mission of The ChadTough Foundation is to fund research and raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

The most hated word in the world of pediatric brain tumors is “rare”. “Rare” is the reason there is not enough research being done. “Rare” is the reason there aren’t drugs being developed. “Rare” is the reason there is so little funding. “Rare” is why our kids don’t have more options. The three facts below negate the claim of “rare”:

Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in America

Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children

DIPG is the leading cause of death from brain tumors in children

We have set a goal of $1,000 starting out, but we want to surpass it. We want to crush it. We want to do whatever we can to raise money for awareness and research so we can continue to give these kids a fighting chance.

We have set up a Crowdrise page to collect donations here, which will be live all week long.

Thank you in advance for joining us and here’s to continuing to bring light to a cause that affects so many.