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It's Time to Break Out Your PINK!

October 03, 2016

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Join us on for this year’s Team Up Montana tailgate and Pink Griz Game!Missoula, MT - Providence Montana Health Foundation will host its 8th annual Team Up Montana event in conjunction with the University of Montana Pink Griz football game, Montana Griz vs. Mississippi Valley State, on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The event celebrates cancer survivorship and raises awareness about the need to help western Montanans on their cancer journey. 

The celebration begins with a Team Up Montana tailgate opening at 11 a.m., with a barbecue roasted by Providence Health & Services Western Montana CEO Jeff Fee. The Foundation is asking cancer survivors to sign up and participate in the Survivor Parade, which will take place at 12:30 p.m. starting at the Prescott House, and proceeding down Campus Drive. The festivities will continue on field, as Grizzly Athletics recognizes those impacted by the illness before the 2:30 p.m. kick-off with a special ceremony. Cancer survivors are also invited to take part in by signing up online at providence.org/teamup. Fans can show their support online using the hashtag #teamup16. Proceeds from the event benefit Team Up Montana

Executive Director Fran Albrecht spoke to the cause: “I have the privilege of reviewing and approving a number of Team Up Montana applications just this week. It continues to amaze me how many families we help thanks to the support of our community. This campaign is brings everyone together, as we all know someone who has been impacted by cancer. Team Up Montana provides critical funding for the hundreds of Montanans diagnosed with cancer who are need of this compassionate assistance. For the single mother of three who is worried about groceries and the cost to drive to treatment, helping pay for her groceries and gas was the lift she needed.” 

Each year, the Foundation offers a different Team Up Montana jersey, with a portion of the sales going to the campaign. The 2016 Team Up Montana jerseys may be purchased at Universal Athletic, the University of Montana Bookstore, the M-Store, both Missoula Fresh Markets, at the Providence St. Patrick Hospital gift shop, or online at shop.universalathletic.com. 

Organizations throughout Missoula and the surrounding areas have stepped up to take part in the campaign. Major sponsors contributed directly to the cause including Pepsi, Missoula Fresh Market, Montana Cancer Specialists and Southgate Mall. A number of other organizations are helping out, including Cherry Creek Radio and Axmen, who have joined forces to raffle off a bright pink hot tub. You can enter to win the hot tub at various locations throughout Missoula during the month of October. Visit cherrycreekmedia.com for a list of locations. Proceeds from the raffle go to Team Up Montana.

Founded in 2008, Team Up Montana raises funds to provide direct financial assistance to Montanans facing all forms of cancer. Each dollar donated benefits the Cancer Compassion Fund managed by Providence Montana Health Foundation. One hundred percent of funds are distributed locally in Western Montana. 

Providence Montana Health Foundation is a nonprofit that supports the compassionate missions of Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson and affiliations throughout Western Montana, with the Providence promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.”

For more information or to make a gift to Team Up Montana, please visit Providence.org/teamup or contact Molly Adamson, Development Officer, at molly.adamson@providence.org or by phone at 406-327-3048.

For media interviews and inquiries, please contact JoAnn Hoven at Joann.Hoven@providence.org or by phone at 406-329-5742.

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