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SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga basketball star Julian Strawther has had a big impact on Spokane.

Not only was he a playmaker on the pitch, but he also made a big difference for a cause that is very personal to him.

Strawther and local coffee chain Wake Up Call have teamed up since March, shining a light on cancer awareness.

It’s a cause close to his heart.

“My mother died of breast cancer when I was very young,” Strawther said. “It has always been something very close to my heart. So I always knew when I had an opportunity and a platform to be able to do something like that.

The local coffee chain has pledged to donate 10% of all Mad Hatter beverage sales throughout March.

The result? More than $17,000 is now going to the local breast cancer charity “Every Woman Can”.

The money will be used to serve patients through resources and education.

“Honestly, we had no idea how much money this was going to cost…Say we’re overwhelmed,” said Deb Barnes, CEO and President of Every Woma Can. “I think that’s an understatement. It’s amazing that Julian partnered with Wake Up Call for us.

Strawther said he was happy he was able to make an impact in the community during the offseason.

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