USC's Martin and wife help raise thousands for cancer research

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin and his wife Anya helped raise $140,000 for cancer research at the inaugural "B-Ball of the South" benefit this past spring.

The event was held in early May at Colonial Life Arena. More than 250 people attended the Kentucky Derby-themed benefit, which featured a live auction of items like signed game-worn shoes from NBA stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, as well as other items such as dinner at the Martins' home and a personalized guitar from Darius Rucker.

The $140,000 raised came from donations and the live auction, and will benefit "Coaches vs. Cancer," a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

A who's who of basketball attended the event, including West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins, former Missouri head coach Norm Stewart, and former Southern California head coach George Raveling. Several local legends like Tyrone Corbin and coach George Glymph were also in attendance along with dozens of Gamecock alumni.

The Martins are hoping to make this an annual event in Columbia after the family's scare with cancer. Anya Martin's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, and is now recovering.