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January 24, 2014

Prevo leads Rose-Hulman women's team into action in breast cancer awareness game

More than 40 Wabash Valley survivors to be celebrated

TERRE HAUTE — Jon Prevo admitted he miscalculated the amount of time it had been since his wife, Deanna, won her fight with breast cancer.

“I thought it had been nine years,” the eighth-year Rose-Hulman women’s basketball coach said of her anniversary of remission, which came this past June.

She quickly reminded him — with a knowing smile — it was indeed 10 years.

The decade-old accomplishment is just one story — though perhaps closest to the Engineers’ family — that today’s 1 p.m. contest with Transylvania will serve to celebrate with Rose’s eighth annual breast cancer awareness game.

A ceremony with more than 40 Wabash Valley breast cancer survivors will take place at 12:40 p.m., 20 minutes before the tipoff in Hulbert Arena.

There, the survivors will be celebrated and honored with a presentation that hits very close to home for the Prevo family, which includes the couple’s 18-year-old son Nicholas. While the ceremony will honor a few Wabash Valley survivors, all the money raised from T-shirts, cotton candy sales and other donations will go directly to Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivors Inc. Last year, the event generated $1,200.

It’s the same group that helped Deanna — along with plenty of support for both her husband and son — during her three-year battle with the disease.

“That really inspired me even more to have the event,” Jon Prevo said, referring to the organization’s support. “It’s kind of my way of giving back to the organization that I felt was a huge inspiration in my wife’s battle with breast cancer, and not only the support they’ve given her, but just learning more about what cancer is.”

The funds raised are used for research as well as to offset costs for those in the Wabash Valley affected by breast cancer, including items like wigs, transportation to doctor’s appointments, and the cost of mammograms.

Over the past eight years, Prevo estimates the annual event has generated close to $8,000 for the organization. Even more, it’s opened his players’ eyes to awareness of the disease.

“They see how important it is to me, and on the day of the event, when we’re introducing the survivors, they see the excitement and the joy on that person’s face — and I think it hits home a little bit more,” Prevo said.

Following the women will be the men’s clash between Transylvania (6-10, 4-5) and Rose (12-4, 7-2) at 3.

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