Providence to Host 7th Annual Team Up Montana Cancer Awareness Football Game

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Missoula, MT—Providence Montana Health Foundation will host its 7th annual Team Up Montana event in conjunction with the University of Montana Griz Football game, Montana Griz vs. Weber State, on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

The event opens to the public at 11 a.m. featuring a tailgate, parade and on-field ceremony promoting the awareness of cancer prevention and detection, and recognizing cancer patients of Western Montana. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cancer Compassion Funds.

Executive Director Fran Albrecht spoke to the cause: “I’m deeply honored to be a part of this year’s Team Up Montana event and witness firsthand the compassion and support from our community. As a Foundation, this is our chance to celebrate those who have benefited from Team Up funds, and recognize the tremendous heartfelt generosity that makes it all possible. When you think football, you think of tradition. Team Up Montana is a tradition within our community that changes lives. We are so proud of this campaign.”

Providence Health & Services Western Montana CEO, Jeff Fee, will serve as lead chef for the tailgate. A number of cancer survivors and their families will join the pre-game celebration after marching down Campus Drive in a parade honoring the patients. The festivities will continue on field, as Grizzly Athletics recognizes those impacted by the illness before the 2 p.m. kick-off. Fans can show their support online using the hashtag #TeamUp15.

The 2015 Team Up Montana jerseys have hit the racks in preparation for this year’s big game. Team Up Montana jerseys may be purchased at Universal Athletic, the Bookstore at the University of Montana, the St. Patrick Hospital gift shop, or online at

Founded in 2009, 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. 100% 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 over 40 clinics and programs throughout western Montana.