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Posted at 4:47 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Leukemia awareness night set for Maryland women's game on Friday

By Gene Wang

The 14th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team will host Team Tyler Leukemia Awareness night on Friday when it plays Wake Forest at Comcast Center at 8:30. Leukemia survivors are invited to attend the game free of charge, and guests of survivors may purchase tickets for $4.

The National Capital Area chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be on hand to promote awareness and share information on the disease and how to help. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, and its National Capital Area chapter serves more than 2,500 patients and families each year in the District, Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland as well as Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Team Tyler wristbands and T-shirts will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Team Tyler Foundation founded by a group of former Maryland players from the 2006 NCAA championship team, including Marissa Coleman, Shay Doron, Laura Harper and Kristi Toliver, to bring awareness to leukemia and to help children fighting it.

Team Tyler was started in honor of Maryland Coach Brenda Frese's two-year old son, Tyler Thomas, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September.

In order to receive free admission, survivors can register prior to game time by e-mailing with name and contact information. Tickets may be retrieved at will call. Guest of survivors may purchase tickets by visiting and enter the promotion code "awareness."

By Gene Wang  | January 26, 2011; 4:47 PM ET
Categories:  Brenda Frese  
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