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Spartan alum responds to 'Go Blue' skywriting with cancer fundraiser

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Someone wrote 'Go Blue' over East Lansing Saturday. (Trevor Parks)
Someone wrote 'Go Blue' over East Lansing Saturday. (Trevor Parks)
The Michigan State Alumni Association's executive director has turned Spartan irritation over a Michigan fan prank into a positive response.

An unknown Wolverine supporter had "GO BLUE" skywritten over Spartan Stadium Saturday before Michigan State's home game vs. FCS Youngstown State. As mlive.com reports, alumnus Scott Westerman "was just as bothered as any other Spartan" by the stunt, and as a pilot himself, he had an educated guess as to the cost of the skywriting.

So Westerman decided to honor his wife, Colleen -- a two-time survivor of ovarian cancer -- by raising an amount equal to that spent on the skywriting and donating it to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Via mlive.com, the message Westerman posted on Facebook and other social media Tuesday:

To my Spartan friends and family:

A University of Michigan fan payed $3,000 to have a skywriter paint this over Spartan Stadium today. I'm all for school spirit, but the sheer cost of this momentary chest beating gives the unfortunate perception of malice. That's not what Spartans are about and I don't believe it's what true UofM alumni are all about. Will you help me show Wolverines everywhere what we can do with $3,000? This is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. As many of you know, Colleen is a two time survivor, one of hundreds in our state who are fighting this silent killer. Will you consider making a $10-$50 contribution to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (which is based in Ann Arbor) and say that it's coming from a supporter of Michigan State University?

Whatever we raise over the next week, I will challenge my counterpart at the UofM alumni association to inspire his members to match.

Here is the link: http://www.mioca.org/donate

Let's show the world what Leaders, Lifesavers and World Changers do. Help me make this one go viral.

"Going viral" is exactly what happened: Westerman said that by late Tuesday, the request had already netted more than $9,000.

Of course, even before Westerman turned the prank on its head, the Spartans had already had the last laugh; while Michigan State's offense was exploding for a stunning 55 points in a rout of the visiting Penguins, Michigan needed a last-second goal-line stand to escape 37-point underdog Akron. But for the MIOCA, Westerman's gesture will be even sweeter than revenge.

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