Boston College head basketball coach honored for his commitment to the fight against cancer

Fred Hussey presents Steve Donahue, Boston College head basketball coach, with Society award

Steve Donahue, head basketball coach at Boston College, received a 2013 American Cancer Society Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award on August 31, 2013, during the Eagle’s football season opener against Villanova.  Fred Hussey, a member of the Society’s New England Division Board of Directors, presented the honor on the field at Alumni Stadium. 

As a dedicated volunteer leader for Coaches vs. Cancer program in New England, Coach Donohue brings the Society’s mission to the organized sports forum and beyond.  Under his leadership Coaches vs. Cancer has experienced exponential growth in our Division over the last few years.  He coordinated a 5K road race at Boston College, with funds benefiting the Society, and motivated his peers Coach Joe Jones of Boston University, Coach Tommy Amaker of Harvard University, and Coach Bill Coen of Northeastern University to come together to host the first Coaches vs. Cancer Season Tip-Off Breakfast at Fenway Park in September 2012.  Some 100 people attended the event, which recognized 8 local high school basketball coaches who had their teams support Coaches vs. Cancer.  It also hosted a panel discussion to explain the Coaches vs. Cancer program and its benefits to all in attendance, including members of the local media. 
Coach Donahue has lost his best childhood friend, his father, and father-in-law to cancer.  Through his passion, dedication, and efforts with the Coaches vs. Cancer program he is able to honor his loved ones and raise funds to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  He is dedicated to growing Coaches vs. Cancer further, bringing more awareness events to the Division and raising dollars for the fight to end cancer. 

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About this award
In 2000, the Society’s New England Division Board of Directors voted to establish Volunteer Values Awards to recognize and honor volunteers whose actions and service in the fight against cancer most exemplify our organizational values.  These annual awards are imbued with special meaning because they are named in honor of the late Sandy Labaree, a Society volunteer from Maine and founding member of the New England Division Board. Sandy's devotion to the Society for nearly 25 years made her a role model for us all. Despite her death from breast cancer, Sandy's spirit and values live on through this award.
Photo: Steve Donahue, head basketball coach at Boston College, right, is presented with a Volunteer Values Award by Fred Hussey, a member of the American Cancer Society New England Division Board of Directors.