Roger Welsh says he hoped it would happen even though Utah State University men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill is known for resisting attention.
Welsh says the popular coach will be “roasted” at the Cache Valley for Hope Cancer Foundation’s annual charity gala to be held Thursday, September 26 starting at 7 p.m. at the Riverwoods Conference Center.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_09_20_328_14566_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday</a>, Welsh said he sort of used the “backdoor approach” and went through Morrill’s wife Vicky.
“She is a cancer survivor herself,” Welsh said. “She read about what we were doing and felt like what we were doing was a good cause. She went to Stew and told us, ‘he didn’t say yes but he didn’t say no.’
“But after we spoke with him a little bit more he agreed to it and now he’s fully on board. He’s bringing several guests.”
Welsh, who founded Cache Valley for Hope about three years ago, is also a cancer survivor and many of his family members and friends have also been victims of the disease he is anxious to end. Welsh said the foundation has been extremely successful and has already raised almost $300,000 to help Cache Valley people currently dealing with cancer. His goal is to raise $200,000 in 2014.