Rivalry vs. Collaboration

Welcome to week three of the 2021 Alex’s Great State Race Gratitude Campaign! Let’s take a step back and remember the rivalry that is celebrated on the day of this wonderful event. Get a recap of the Campaign in our February 1st Ability Blog post. The Michigan State – Michigan football rivalry began in 1898,…

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Alex’s Story

Alex Powell was a high school senior, a dedicated student, an enthusiastic athlete, and a natural leader. His life was profoundly changed in an instant when he received a diagnosis of a rare, aggressive form of cancer. When most of Alex’s senior year classmates were debating what their plans were after college, Alex had a tough year of surgeries, chemotherapy,…

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Alex Set an Example for Us All

In October 2014, during the early hours of the day before the rivalry game, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan began a new collaborative tradition. Through that night for 11 hours, MSU and U-M ROTC Army cadet corps, along with ultra-marathoner, Michael Richmond, ran through Michigan’s back roads. They carried, for the first time, the official game ball over sixty miles from…

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February is Gratitude Month!

Click the Blog link (above right) for Gratitude Month updates! Welcome to the February Gratitude Campaign for Alex’s Great State Race! As you might know, the race did not occur as usual in fall 2020 due to the pandemic. While we enjoyed a wonderfully close-scoring game between Michigan State University and University of Michigan, we…

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Mark Your Calendar for Friday, October 19, 2018!

Like many, a young man had a dream of attending one of the Big Ten’s finest educational institutions. He worked hard to prepare. And by his senior year in high school, he was ready. That’s when a rare cancer intruded. Alex Powell understood that his life was now about quality, not quantity. He was determined…

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Mark Your Calendar for Friday, October 6, 2017!

Give Now to MSU Give Now to U-M Learn more: The Tradition – The Beneficiaries – About Alex Powell Like many, a young man had a dream of attending one of the Big Ten’s finest educational institutions. He worked hard to prepare. And by his senior year in high school, he was ready. That’s when a rare cancer intruded. Alex…

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