Jessy Duran and Jackie Cossio, both 19 year old business majors, cheer when men's basketball Chris Spencer slam dunked against L.A. Southwest at Coaches vs Cancer benefit in the Hall of Champions Gym, Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Jessy Duran and Jackie Cossio, both 19 year old business majors, cheer when men’s basketball Chris Spencer slam dunked against L.A. Southwest at Coaches vs Cancer benefit in the Hall of Champions Gym, Wednesday, Feb. 19.

By Nick Steele / Sports Editor

College sports are making cancer awareness something to be remembered forever.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, local businesses such as Jersey Mike’s sponsored the Coaches vs. Cancer event at LBCC to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s research.

In the two match-ups LBCC’s women defeated L.A. Southwest’s women’s basketball team 57-44 and LBCC Viking men’s basketball beat Southwest 85-55.

During halftime, LBCC’s Dean Connie Sears and Trustee Doug Otto impressed the crowd with their amazing speeches about their struggles to overcome cancer. Sears has been cancer-free for more than 20 years. She now takes an active role in fighting cancer, helping people who are faced with similar battles.

Otto was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer during the summer of 2010 and completed a rigorous course of radiation therapy. The treatment came after nine weeks of intense chemotherapy at the M.D. Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. In March of 2011, Otto returned to Long Beach Cancer-free.

Coach Mike Anderson said LBCC is phenomenal with raising cancer awareness and getting people more involved, Wednesday night before the game.