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KU fan uses Austin Peay game to encourage donations for cancer research

Austin Peay’s warmup shirts have #RallyForRhyan on the back in honor of Rhyan Loos, the 6-year-old granddaughter of coach Dave Loos.
Austin Peay’s warmup shirts have #RallyForRhyan on the back in honor of Rhyan Loos, the 6-year-old granddaughter of coach Dave Loos. AP

After reading in The Star about Kansas coach Bill Self’s hopes that the KU-Austin Peay NCAA Tournament matchup could create more awareness for the illness of Rhyan Loos, the granddaughter of Governors coach Dave Loos and daughter of Missouri assistant Brad Loos, KU graduate Camille Andress posted the story on Facebook and “challenged my fellow Jayhawks to donate to find a cure” based on the dollar amount of the point spread of the game.

She immediately heard from “quite a few who will donate,” she wrote, and was trying to steer them to sites where they could contribute, including the #RallyforRhyan Facebook page and mutigers.com/rallyforrhyan.

That’s right: KU alumni donating to a cause rooted in Columbia, a cause that obviously transcends sports rivalries but nonetheless makes a poignant statement.

“I love the idea of Jayhawks showing love to others, especially a Mizzou family!” wrote Andress, a 2004 KU graduate who is a licensed professional counselor in the Chicago area. “I can’t imagine what the family is going through, and my hope is truly that they would just feel the love that can come from even a rival and have their spirits lifted.”

Andress also listed the hospital where Rhyan currently is being treated, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, as an option to donate to for those “less comfortable donating to a particular family” and more inclined to contribute to a cure for pediatric cancer — specifically neuroblastoma in the case of Rhyan, 6.

“It’s just an idea,” she added. “If a ton of people donate or it’s just me — I pray they feel loved!”

Vahe Gregorian: 816-234-4868, @vgregorian

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