Morningside linebacker Austin Granatowicz has returned to the field after being diagnosed with leukemia last year.
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Last week we told you the story of Morningside linebacker Austin Granatowicw, who is back on the field -- a year after being diagnosed with leukemia.
This Saturday, the top-ranked Mustangs host cross-town rival Briar Cliff in the "Battle for the Saddle" -- but there's another battle going on. The game has another slogan -- "Lets Pack the House and Together Beat Cancer."
The event will honor Granatowicz as well as raise awareness and money that will go to the American Cancer Society. Morningside has been selling wrist bands, t-shirts, and hats along with raffle tickets for prizes.
Morningside has also invited Siouxland children who are fighting cancer and their families to attend Saturday's game free of charge.
Fans are encouraged to wear orange, the color associated with leukemia awareness.
"Getting diagnosed with cancer is hard and it sucks but that's one of the positives that comes from it is you're in a much better position to touch a bunch of other people," said Granatowicz. "You try to inspire people and raising money is one more thing."
"I always knew Austin was a tough guy but just in terms of, maybe not his toughness, but more in terms of how he's embraced it and he's used it to touch other people, it's inspirational," said Morningside co-defensive coordinator Casey Jacobsen.
You can get more information at the web site -- www.55won'tbebeatdot.com. Morningside and Briar Cliff play at 1 o'clock Saturday at Olsen Stadium.
KTIV's sister station, the Siouxland CW is also a sponsor for Saturday's game.
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