Tiger fans support cancer research

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 3:50pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — Tiger fans are taking over Tuscaloosa, and there's one group who are using their trip to tackle a good cause. They say some of the money saved up for the experience will go towards the fight against cancer.

The fifty purple and gold faithful on this Alabama adventure say Saturday's college football showdown is going to be too good to miss.

"It's the game of the century!" says Brian Low. "This is the number one game that we all want to strive for and beat Alabama, and knock Nick Saban down and take a win home."

While these fans are pumped up to watch the nation's top two teams go head-to-head, they say this road trip is special.

Organizer, Ryan Maranto, is a cancer survivor. That's why he put together a trip that would help benefit St. Jude Cancer Research Hospital.

"It's been a very long journey, but it's a journey that I don't regret at all because its made me the person I am today," Maranto explains. "St. Jude remains very dear to my heart, mainly because they saved my life and I want to continue to support that great organization."

Friends say it's the best part of the whole trip. "Without [St. Jude] I wouldn't have him, so I'm very happy to be able to contribute to them," says Christen Lofton.

As Tiger Nation gets ready to watch LSU duke it out in the Bryant - Denny Stadium, this group of fans are happy to know they're taking on a battle of their own.

"We're excited to get out there, and support the community, support LSU and support St. Jude."
 

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