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Go4theGoal Spreading to Louisville

On Friday, March 27, the University of Louisville basketball team will show their commitment to the fight against pediatric cancer by wearing yellow shoelaces. The laces are part of junior Montrezl Harrell's learning service project for a health lifestyles class. Harrell and the rest of his teammates will wear the yellow shoelaces in the NCAA Sweet 16 game against North Carolina State. The laces will be worn as a dedication to support awareness for pediatric cancer.

The idea came from the Go4theGoal Foundation and it's been called "Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer." Go4theGoal Foundation was founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth Stefanacci after their oldest son, Richard, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Richard is the cousin of Jordan Stefannaci'14, who brought the organization to IHA when she was a student. Taylor Buffa'16 and Alexa Buffa'16, also Richard's cousins, continue to lead the IHA Go4theGoal team. About 20 girls have participated in IHA's Go4theGoal program every year since its inception.

Go4theGoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, runs fun hospital-based programs, grants special wishes, and supplies state of the art electronic products to children and pediatric oncology units across the country. Go4theGoal strives to assist local families by providing 100% of the proceeds to the local community of the university that decide to join the cause.