ASU Establishes Fund To Benefit Justin Allen

March 2, 2001

With many Sun Devils fans inquiring if they could help financially, Arizona State has been given clearance by the NCAA to set up a benefit fund for sophomore men's basketball player Justin Allen (Malta, Ill.) as he continues his battle against Hodgkin's disease.

'We basically asked the NCAA to help us in this situation and they did just that,' Arizona State Assistant Athletic Director Foti Mellis said. 'It's a case-by-case basis, and you have to petition the Administrative Review Subcommittee. Many fans of the basketball program and others close to the university have been asking about helping Justin for quite a while, but we had to find a legal way to do it, and now we have a way.'

'The staff, his teammates and people here have already treated us wonderfully,' said Faye Allen, Justin's mother. 'People have no idea how much it means.'

Allen has said that his tumor has shrunken, and he has two more chemotherapy treatments, followed by six weeks of radiation.

'We all want to put our energies towards helping him and his family,' said ASU third-year head coach Rob Evans. 'The team, the coaching staff, the entire athletic department and university will continue to do everything possible to help and encourage Justin and his family as he fights this battle. We take pride in being a family in our program. We appreciate all the energy and thought put in by the NCAA and our own compliance office.'

'Justin's attitude has been tremendous,' added Evans. 'He's a tough kid who is handling this in a great way, which is a great inspiration to us all.'

Those wishing to contribute to the fund, which can aid his family in any medical costs, can make a check payable 'For the Benefit of Justin Allen' and can drop it off at any Bank One location or mail a check to: ASU Men's Basketball, c/o Justin Allen Fund, P.O. Box 2505, Tempe, AZ 85287-2505.

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