Help Liberty Ballers Box Out Breast Cancer

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Liberty Ballers will be represented at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Bethlehem, PA. How much is up to us as a community.

Well hey there, lovely Liberty Ballers readers out there in internet (or 3D) land! Training camp is in full swing, Doug Collins' texting game in regular season form, and the start of the season is just around the corner (if your corner happens to be near October 31st). However, we come to you on this day not to speculate if Evan Turner will take the next step or if Spencer Hawes will continue to grow that spectacular hair he came to camp with, but rather to ask for your assistance.

As I'm sure many of you already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It has become customary for the NFL to sport pink gloves, cleats, and socks during this month (seen here) to encourage players and fans alike to do their part whether it be donating or volunteering their time. Since the NBA doesn't start until basically November, we don't get the magnitude of exposure towards this effort that is seen on a yearly basis in football. This year, Liberty Ballers wants to change that.

I was recently invited to be a member of a team for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Bethlehem, PA (my current place of residence) on Saturday, October 27th. Instead of joining this team by my lonesome, I thought it'd be great to walk alongside the rest of the participants while representing all of us, the Liberty Ballers community.

The best way we can do this is to make a lump sum donation to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Liberty Ballers. We're not exactly a cash cow website that is rolling in Benjamins (try not to think of a cow with dollar signs all over it rolling around on a group of people named Benjamin) so we're asking for everybody to get involved. Whether you're a die-hard commenter, everyday reader, or a visitor that checks up on our ongoing Booker T coverage, we'd love it if you could help us out. In order to accomplish this, I've set up a PayPal donation account (the "Donate" button is below) that you can donate any amount of money you would see fit.

If you choose to donate, it'd be great if you could let us know who you are in the message box. If you'd like to make the donation on behalf of somebody close to you affected by breast cancer, by all means let us know in the message portion and I'll carry that person's name, in some fashion, with me during the walk. If you'd rather make a donation anonymously, that's also perfectly okay.

Click the PayPal "Donate" button below to make a contribution to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk as a member of Liberty Ballers. You'll see my e-mail address at the top since the account was set up through me and "Liberty Ballers - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" as the purpose.

Our goal is to reach $760 in donations by the time the walk comes around. If we can get to that number or even exceed it (which would be amazing), we'll hold a drawing in which everyone who donated will be entered. The winner will get his or her choice of these three options:

1. A pair of tickets to an upcoming 76ers home game, courtesy the kind folks at Liberty Ballers

2. If the winner will be attending the LB meet-up on December 21st, his/her ticket will be free of charge plus a thrown-in, complementary beverage from the Liberty Ballers crew

3. If neither of those suits the winner, he/she will receive a free t-shirt from the Liberty Ballers store.

What I've always loved about the community we've created here is that I feel like we're all in the Sixers' seasons together. Through the roller coaster ride that was the playoffs last year and also that fiasco we call Eddie Jordan, we were always here to provide each other with snark or excitement towards any given situation. Without this community, the NBA season wouldn't be nearly enjoyable as it is. Let's put that same effort into fighting breast cancer.

So while there are still a few weeks remaining until we can catch Andrew Bynum swatting away opponents' shot attempts, we can still make an impact doing some rejecting ourselves. By donating any amount, you'll be helping Liberty Ballers in our efforts to block breast cancer.

If you're interested in learning more information about the Making Strides walk, you can visit their website here. The site has extremely valuable information such as facts about breast cancer, survivor stories, and how you can become involved if you'd like to help even more.

If you have any questions about donating or getting involved with the walk in another fashion, feel free to e-mail me (tanner.steidel@gmail.com) or hit me up on Twitter (@tsteidel). Here's to hoping Liberty Ballers can make a difference at this year's walk!
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