‘Heroes’ help families in need

The women’s basketball team is calling this upcoming weekend “Heroes Weekend” in honor of the nonprofit organization they have been working with this season, the Hero Program.

The Hero Program supports financially constricted families facing terminal illnesses by helping raise funds, medical supply donations, and monetary gifts like prepaid gas cards. After meeting Steve Wetzel, a program head, at an athletic department-wide event, junior point guard Alex Hansen explained that the team “was particularly moved by his story and the types of things he was doing.” Hansen and sophomore forward Jen Larsen then had the opportunity to spend time with Wetzel and a Hero family, which “made [them] realize the impact [they could] have on local people in need.”

For Heroes Weekend, the Tartans’ main event will be “Hotcakes for Heroes” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rangos 3. All-you-can-eat pancakes will be served for $5 a person. Also, T-shirts and Heroes wristbands will be sold during the event and at both the men’s and women’s games on Friday and Sunday. All of the proceeds will be given to the Hero Program.

The Tartans want to host a successful event, one where they, as stated by Hansen, “can raise awareness about something in our community that [Carnegie Mellon students] can support and change. There will be Hero families at the breakfast, so everyone who comes can actually see where their money is going.”

For more information and to donate to the Hero Program, visit: