Bigger than the Game
Fox 23 | March 1, 2021 | 7:30pm
Will & Jamie Brown
Carmen & Laura Maciariello
- Our Founding Fathers: Ken Raymond, John Murray, Bob Curly
- Peter Hooley, Former UAlbany Men’s Basketball Player
- The McCaffery Family, Iowa Basketball
- The Watroba Family, A Capital Region Coaches vs Cancer Family
- Matt & Jacob Shell, Cancer Survivors, Burnt Hills, NY
Thank you to our Coaches vs Cancer Basket “Ball” Sponsors!
Meet Our Honorees!
Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit Award: Colin Clive
Colin Clive, a 2014 graduate of Siena College, was 26-years-old when he received the devastating news that he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Over the next two years, Colin received chemotherapy and has most recently undergone what appears to be a successful experimental treatment.
In January, Colin tragically lost both of his parents within the same week. Clive’s mother, Barbara, first, and Dave Clive died just days after.
Despite all that Colin has faced over the last few years he is committed to beating his cancer diagnosis. He truly embodies the Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Colin here
Read more about his journey and the support system that has rallied around him.
Inspiration Award: Coach Ali Jaques & Coach Marc Rybczyk
It was just two years ago Marc was given the prognosis of two months to live. Today he is cancer-free. Marc & Ali are true inspirations to never give up.
Ali Jaques, Siena women’s basketball coach, and her husband, Marc Rybczyk, former Niagara men’s assistant coach got engaged in August 2019, Rybczyk found out he had stage 4 cancer in the fall. While Marc was going through treatment, Ali was there for him every step of the way to ensure he would beat it. Learn more about undergoing treatment and the couple’s journey. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)
National Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award: Coach Will Brown
The Champion Award – instituted in 1996 – honors coaches who have shown extraordinary leadership and commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives, celebrating lives, and fighting cancer from every angle.
UAlbany’s Coach Will Brown has been a leader in the fight against cancer for 15 years – since the inception of Albany’s Coaches vs. Cancer Basket “Ball”. As a co-host of this event he – along with his wife Jamie – actively helps with planning, promoting, and supporting the fundraising efforts of this event. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $2.5 million for the American Cancer Society.