Former UMass Athletes Battle Hardest Opponent Yet
April 23, 2014
Greg Trayer was an All-American water polo player at UMass from 1998-2001. Kari Hogancamp was one of the most decorated players in UMass Women's Volleyball history from 1996-1999. But now they're going up again their toughest opponent yet, cancer!
Greg was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in April of 2002, just months after finishing his storied water polo career. After 8 months of treatment (chemotherapy & radiation), Greg went into remission in January of 2003. Six months later Kari & Greg got married, and now live in southern California with 3 beautiful children... Garrett (7), Peyton (6) and Brayden (3).
Even though Greg is in remission, he has made it a priority in his life to give back to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), who were instrumental in his fight against cancer.
Greg started his own charity water polo tournament in his hometown of Reading, Pa., which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer. Thru this tournament, and with the help of family & friends, Greg has managed to raise an astounding $157,000 for cancer research since his diagnosis in 2002.
Because of his dedication to this wonderful organization, Greg has been nominated for the 2014 LLS Man of the Year award. The Man of the Year campaign is a 10-week long fundraising competition where every dollar raised counts as a vote.
Let's bring the UMass Athletics family together to help Greg & Kari on their adventure to win this prestigious award and help find a cure for cancer! Please visit Greg's fundraising page below to read his full story and donate to this great cause. No amount is too small, and every donation puts us one step closer to a cure! The campaign ends on May 17th, so don't hesitate...please act now. "Someday is today!"