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Gallettes to hold testicular cancer awareness event

Many college students need no excuse to grab a beer on a Thursday afternoon, but at Gallettes from 2-6 p.m., bar goers will have a chance to drink for a cause.

At Coronas for Cajones, a testicular cancer awareness initiative, students will participate in raffle drawings and T-shirt sales and enjoy live music and free crawfish to raise awareness and research funds for testicular cancer, which is the most common type of cancer for males between 18 and 39, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. April is also testicular cancer awareness month.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]What: Coronas for Cajones When: Thursday, 2-6 p.m. Where: Galletes[/box] Ryan Renaud, a senior majoring in political science helping to organize the event, said the idea for Coronas for Cajones came when Joseph Azar, a friend of his, was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

“A good friend of mine was diagnosed in 2011 with testicular cancer and actually came back and beat the disease, and so he came to a couple of us around Christmas time this past December with the idea for the event,” Renaud said.

Azar, a senior majoring in business marketing, said his friends and family helped him to overcome cancer.

“My sophomore year, spring semester, I got diagnosed,” Azar said. “It had spread to my abdomen, so I had to do 4 1/2 months of chemotherapy. Thanks to a great friend base and family, basically I was able to have some support and rally through that hard time.”

Azar said he hopes to bring awareness to testicular cancer through the Coronas for Cajones event.

“It is the most common cancer [for young men], but you really rarely hear about it,” Azar said.

Gallettes and JNJ Apparel, which designed the T-shirts for the event, are partnering to host Coronas for Cajones. A number of Greek organizations were also involved in planning the event.

“IFC actually played a large part in helping us host the event, and then also we paired with a number of Greek organizations on campus, various different fraternities and sororities,” Renaud said.

Raffle prizes will come from a number of local Tuscaloosa vendors, including Glory Bound Gyro Company, Five Bar, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Black Warrior Brewing Company. The cover charge will be $5 for those 21 and older and $10 for those 19 and up.

Proceeds for the event will go toward the American Cancer Society awareness and research funds specifically for testicular cancer.

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