That special relationship between Elijah and the Blazers has inspired UAB to wear different-colored sneakers this season in support of their honorary young teammate. Head coach Jerod Haase came up with the idea, which also works to raise awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer.
“I don’t see a need for any age restrictions,” David Schwebel, a psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, tells Inverse. Children of all ages “enjoy fantasy — fantasy movies and fantasy books,” without negative psychological effects.
When the UAB Blazers hit the court for tournament play this week, you’ll notice something unusual about their footwear. The players wear different-colored shoes to support their biggest fan and bring awareness to his fight.
“As the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB, I look forward to fulfilling two of my lifelong passions: fostering interdisciplinary collaborative research and mentoring young and mid-career faculty,” [Jeanne] Marrazzo said.
The HEART Matters Program offers health coaching to African American men who are overweight or obese and have the desire to become healthier. The program aims to promote a more active lifestyle, healthier diet, better stress management and rest among black men.
They matched 3,055 caregivers with 3,055 noncaregivers by a propensity score based on 16 demographic, lifestyle and stroke risk factors, and calculated incident stroke risk. Mean follow-up was 8.5 years.