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American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball Honors Brian Fruscio of the Albany Academies and the Shell Family of Burnt Hills, Tickets Now Available for Nov.3rd Event

ALBANY, NY (October 22, 2010) – Local hardwood rivals Mitch Buonaguro of Siena College and Will Brown of the University at Albany are teaming up for the 5th Annual American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball in Albany, presented by SEFCU.  This special event will take place on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Albany Academies and Head Basketball Coach Brian Fruscio will be honored with this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Inspiration Award.  For the past few years, The Albany Academies and Coach Fruscio have hosted the Coaches vs. Cancer High School Challenge tournament, raising more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Football Coach Matt Shell and the Shell Family will receive the Fighting Spirit Award.  A cancer survivor himself, Coach Shell and his family faced the unimaginable last year when his 8-year-old son Jacob was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.  The family and the community rallied to support Jacob who is now cancer-free.

General admission tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.  Corporate packages and sponsorship opportunities also are available.  Cocktail attire is suggested.  Proceeds from the Basket Ball support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to eliminate cancer as a major health threat and create more birthdays by helping people get well, stay well, by finding cures and fighting back.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit