Bench Press for Cancer

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Dr. Fred J. Schiffman, medical director of the Lifespan Cancer Institute, gets ready to take his turn on the bench. Dr. Schiffman is spotted by Brown junior Caleb Clarke.

Brown University Football Team Hosts “Bench Press for Cancer” to Benefit The Miriam

Just two days after returning from Connecticut and a hard fought game against Yale, members of the Brown University football team were back to work early on Monday, November 5, but they weren’t on the football field. Instead, players were gathered on the school’s main green as the team hosted its annual “Bench Press for Cancer” event to raise funds for the cancer survivorship program for young adults at The Miriam Hospital.

The players and their fellow students, along with staff from The Miriam, took turns flexing their muscles by bench pressing a weight of either 75 or 165 pounds for as many repetitions as possible. Prior to the event, participants secured a “per rep” pledge from family and friends, meaning the more repetitions they benched, the more money raised to help young adults battling cancer.

“Bench Press for Cancer” began at Brown in 2004, when the football team established the event to help former teammate and team captain Lawrence Rubida, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma while attending Brown. Lawrence passed away in 2005, but the team has continued the event to honor his memory. Donations to this year’s effort will continue to be collected on the Brown campus through the end of the semester, with an announcement of the amount raised expected in early 2019.

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Members of the Brown University football team show off the backs of “Bench Press for Cancer” t-shirts they designed for the 2018 event and are selling as part of their fundraising efforts.

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The first student to participate in this year’s “Bench Press for Cancer” event, Jade Carlson puts up one of her eight reps as Jason Medeiros, one of the Brown team’s linebackers, looks on.

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Always eager to lend his support, Dr. Fred J. Schiffman, medical director of the Lifespan Cancer Institute, gets ready to take his turn on the bench. Dr. Schiffman is spotted by Brown junior Caleb Clarke, a cornerback and one of the event’s lead organizers. 

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