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"Tailgate for the Cure" fundraiser honors TN cancer victim
"Tailgate for the Cure" fundraiser honors TN cancer victim

Hours before kickoff, football tailgates for both UT and Alabama started popping up around campus. One group used their tent to raise money in honor of a young Vol fan.

"Tailgate for the Cure" started as a cancer fundraiser in 2007. It's organizers, a group of former UT roommates, became very familiar with the unforgiving disease after it took several close friends and family members.

Several seasons later the tailgate tradition continues, and this year the group is honoring Memphis teen Trey Erwin who passed away in July after his own battle with cancer.

"I grew up in the same town where Trey was playing football and went to high school," said the organization's President and Co-Founder, Ricky Bretherick.

Earlier this year, UT honored 15-year-old Erwin as an honorary alum. He traveled to Knoxville to attend the Orange and White game where he met Coach Derek Dooley and players.

Bretherick hopes the Volunteer spirit inspires fans to give in honor of Erwin.

"This is Tennessee, you know. For both football for the Vols, and the Titans -- everybody tailgates!" he said.

"This is just our way. It's always something we've done and enjoyed. Why not get donations from it as well?"

Funds raised this season will be donated in Erwin's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

You can donate by visiting the group's website at Tailgate4theCure.org.

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