ANN ARBOR, MI (WLNS) – ROTC members from both schools woke up early to go on a special run, Alex’s Great State Race.
Our Christa Lamendola was there when they crossed the finish line in Ann Arbor, while they carried a special item for Saturday’s game.
Talk about precious cargo the game day ball for Saturday’s big rivalry game has been through quite the journey, all the way from Michigan State University to Ann Arbor. And it got there in a very special way.
About 64 miles and more than nine hours later, Wolverines and Spartans crossed this finish line together to fight a bigger rival, cancer.
“It’s all for the cause so we were able to put our differences aside.”
The race is in memory of Alex Powell, a cancer patient who was able to go to m-s-u, and get treatment at u of m with the help of disability facilities on both campuses.
Alex continued to fight cancer until his death in 2011.
Friday, 48 ROTC cadets from both schools broke a sweat running Saturday’s game day ball from State to U of M, all to raise money for students like Alex.
“It just helps students to get back on their feet, to get back here– get back to school so that’s what we’re trying to do we’re trying to bring the two schools together in a positive light right now,” said Alex’s Mom, Juliana Powell.
But while the two sides played nice today, tomorrow is another story.
“Tomorrow might be a little different. Yeah it might be a little different, we’ll support our teams,” said School rivals Lawrence Jasinski and Max Giller.
So far MSU’s fundraising page has raised more than 7,500 dollars.
You can donate to the cause here http://givingto.msu.edu/crowdpower/alexs-great-state-race.cfm