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Hopkins, CofC Takes on Cancer

Feb 4, 2014, 9:26 AM EST

source:  The CAA has a special group of student-athletes as many of them take on the challenge to help others daily and better the community that supports them. College of Charleston junior forward Mikaela Hopkins is not different and she recently shared her story of how she anchored the Cougars while assisting a friend in need that was affected by cancer.

As a 20-year-old center on the College of Charleston women’s basketball team, I — like most young adults my age — thought cancer was something that only affects other people. Not me, not my loved ones.

But when a close friend was stricken with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia), all of that changed. I’ve come to realize that cancer is a disease blind to discrimination, age, ethnicity or kindheartedness.

Here in Charleston, S.C., my teammates and I are fighting back. Through basketball, we are trying to make a difference. — Mikaela Hopkins

You can read Hopkins’ entire blog post on to learn about how she got involved and assisted in a bone marrow drive with Be The Match on the campus of College of Charleston on Feb. 11.

The CAA has seen other positive stories connected with Be The Match, as CAA Football and Villanova head coach Andy Talley has been a long time member of the foundation and helped get the CAA Football squads involved in the program. Villanova’s own Matt Szczur took the journey in 2007 and joined the registry for the foundation during a drive hosted on campus. He was identified as a match months later and you can read about his story on Rhode Island’s Matt Greenhalgh also donated and helped saved a leukemia patient’s life in 2011.

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