March 2, 2012

Maryland Hoping for "Purple Out" vs. Duke

from press release

– The men's lacrosse game between No. 5 Maryland and No. 8 Duke on Saturday, March 3, at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium will be a "Purple Out." All fans attending the game are encouraged to wear purple to help raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The fight against pancreatic cancer is important to both Terrapin and Blue Devil teams. Last April Maria Young, mother of former Maryland lacrosse player Ryan and Duke lacrosse players Kevin and Michael, passed away after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Last season the Terps wore purple ribbons on their helmets throughout the season to help raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and added purple "MY" stickers after Maria's death. Maryland will continue to wear the purple "MY" stickers throughout this season and into the future.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, but lags behind other cancer research efforts in funding. According to the National Cancer Institute pancreatic cancer research has $97,136,974 in funding. That significantly trails breast ($631,228,554), prostate ($300,466,914), lung ($281,931,477), leukemia ($239,689,242) and others. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

Tickets for the Maryland-Duke men's lacrosse game are available at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. General admission seating is $10 for adults and $5 for youths and seniors. Mezzanine seats are available for $20.

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