WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter prepares his team to fight for a national championship, he's also fighting for kids with a rare disease.
For the eighth straight year, Painter is a part of the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge. 48 NCAA basketball coaches are competing to win $100,000 for their chosen charity. Painter is once again raising money for the Smith Family BReak Thru Fund. The fund supports research at Purdue to develop drugs to fight Nieman-Pick Type C Disease.
Painter said each year the challenge always puts life into perspective.
"You look at your problems in a basketball world like they're major problems and they're not," Painter said. "They are very, very miniscule. This is obviously a life-threatening disease,"
Painter said the people at the BReak Thru Foundation are fighting this disease all year long.
"They have really taken things head on in terms of this challenge and the foundation and what they've been able to do to raise money and awareness to try to help it so someday there can be a cure for this," Painter said.
The Smith family lives in Tippecanoe County and has lost three children to the disease. Painter won the competition in 2015 and finished second in 2017.
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