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College of Charleston fraternity members present a check to the Hollings Cancer Center in 2015 in honor of Freddie Lipata (second from right), a College employee who is in remission after being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The Interfraternity Council at the College of Charleston will be hosting basketball games from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016, in the College’s TD Arena to raise money to fight children’s cancer.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Money raised from the inaugural Cougs Tipoff to Fight Cancer will benefit the B+ Foundation. Participating fraternities and sororities are trying to raise $30,000.

As the Interfraternity Council states: “We’re raising awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer because 46 kids are told they have cancer every school day and that’s 46 too many. We’re partnering with The B+ Foundation to help fund research and support families of kids with cancer nationwide. You can help us beat our goal and beat childhood cancer by making a donation or joining a team today.”

The final games will feature winning men’s and women’s teams from a preliminary tournament held in March 2016. At 6 p.m. the women take the court, with Kappa Delta battling Zeta Tau Alpha. At 7 p.m. the men’s game begins, with Pi Kappa Phi challenging Sigma Nu.

This tournament was inspired by a basketball fundraiser held the previous year that raised money for the Hollings Cancer Center in honor of Freddie Lipata, assistant director of Campus Recreation Services, who is now in remission after being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Watch a video showing how Lipata confronted cancer and found solidarity with other bald individuals:

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