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UW students "Make Bo Pay" for cancer research

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 Bo Ryan showed up to work with his checkbook and a big smile as he watched more than 2,000 students line up to 'Shoot Down Cancer' at the Kohl Center. Ryan's third annual fundraising event raised $53,355 for cancer research. Several matching donations ran the day's grand total to more than $276,000 raised for the American Cancer Society.

 The Badgers men's basketball coach came up with the idea for an event that would raise money for cancer research while drumming up support for the basketball program. 'Shoot Down Cancer' has been growing ever since. Ryan personally donates $1 for every student who shows up to the event. Those students are then given the chance to make a free throw to add $10 to the donation sum. Every half-court shot that is made is worth $1,000.

The event raised more than $100,000 in the first two years. This year's event more than doubled that total thanks to the matching donations. The final check was signed over to Coaches vs. Cancer after a record student turnout.

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