Panthers Coach Rivera wants your help in cancer fight

Coach needs teammates for cancer fight

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera doesn't just have the Jacksonville Jaguars on his mind tonight. He's also thinking about his brother Mickey.

Mickey Rivera passed away about six weeks ago just as training camp was opening. Coach Rivera's older brother battled pancreatic cancer for nearly two years.

Saturday morning Coach Rivera will be the honorary starter for Purple Stride Charlotte.

"I thought about it, but I don't know what I'm going to say." said Rivera. "It's been hard. You can say you're prepared, it's a good thing because he's not in pain, but at the end of the day it's about survivors now and the family and that is the hard part."

The fundraising event is a 5K run and family fun walk in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Rivera and his wife Stephanie are asking the public to donate and join their walk team. (Details here)

"You never really want to say goodbye, so just looking out and seeing all those people (at the walk) supporting us that will be pretty phenomenal I think," said Rivera.

The event is Saturday morning at Marshall Park in Uptown Charlotte.  Registration opens at 7 a.m.  Opening ceremonies are at 8 a.m. The run and walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Find more details about Purple Stride Charlotte and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by clicking here.

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