A little more than a year ago Craig Edwards was within weeks of dying. He had been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, and was severely in need of a transplant. "Last February I was given two to three weeks to live if I didn't find a donor," Edwards said. With time running out, the father of three turned to social media to help look for a donor. "The only way that I was going to live was to receive a directed donor transplant, which is very very rare, but it's the only hope that I had at that point," Edwards said.
RALEIGH-- Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders drew thousands of supporters to a rally in Raleigh on Friday afternoon, four days before North Carolina and four other states are set to vote in their primary elections. More than a thousand people couldn't make it into Memorial Auditorium, which seats 2,300, and supporters were lined up more than five hours before the event began. The crowd of primarily young people was loud, cheering and chanting Sanders name from the moment the doors opened two hours before the candidate was set to arrive. In his speech, Sanders went over many of his campaign's talking points, including student debt, campaign finance reform, universal healthcare, minimum wage and the environment, among other other topics. He drew large cheers from the crowd when he discussed campaign finance laws, denouncing Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling which allows corporations to fund political organizations. "When you have these horrendous Super PACs, which are funded by Wall Street and billionaires," Sanders said.
COLUMBIA, SC- Gov. Jeb Bush suspended his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination on Saturday night following a fourth place finish in the South Carolina Primary. "Tonight I am suspending my campaign," Bush told a crowd of supporters at his primary watch party in Columbia, South Carolina. "The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision," he said, referencing his disappointing finish in the early voting states.
Elon self-defense instructor Jason Thomas had a career as a cage fighter, but an injury ended his days in the ring. "Unfortunately eight years ago I damaged my neck pretty severely," Thomas said.
The Elon University men's basketball team came out on fire in the first half of its game against James Madison University, but the Phoenix couldn't keep the pace and the Dukes left Alumni Gym with an 82-64 win on Saturday night. The Phoenix opened the game with a bang offensively, shooting nearly 61 percent from the field and 9-of-13 from three-point range in the first half.
DES MOINES -- In the hours before "The Iowa Brown and Black Forum," a minority focused forum featuring the three major Democratic presidential candidates, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) held a press conference where it said urban issues are American issues. "The significant majority of Americans live in cities and metropolitan economies as well as the fact that the vast majority of our gross domestic product comes from those cities," Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin said. Baltimore Mayor and USCM President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Benjamin, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran all spoke at the event. "We represent all people and we want to hear real reasons for real problems and we want to hear candidates address things that really are meaningful to all the people in this country," Cownie said.
The Elon University men's soccer team racked up the goals in a big 3-0 win over Winthrop on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Soccer Championship. The win was an emphatic way to snap a streak in which the Phoenix had lost four of its last five games, and sets up Elon to play Clemson in the second round of the tournament on Sunday evening. After a back and forth contest for most of the first half, Elon senior James Brace opened the scoring by sliding into a Jaiden Fortune cross from the right wing and pushing the ball past the keeper. "When you can go into halftime in the lead, that always helps," Brace said.
The Elon University men's basketball team used a strong first half and an impressive debut by freshman Dainan Swoope to run past Division III William Peace University 95-73 in an exhibition game Thursday night at Alumni Gym. The Phoenix came out flying, jumping out to a 14-point lead less than eight minutes in and frustrating William Peace with a fluid motion offense and crisp passing game. Swoope scored a game-high 23 points for the Phoenix while senior guard Tanner Samson scored 14 points and freshman Tyler Siebring added 11 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Throughout the night Elon used a variety of sets, rotating players in and out with frequency.
This morning Elon Athletics released the complete 2015-2016 men's basketball schedule. Following an exhibition game against William Peace, the Phoenix will start the season on the road with games at Charlotte and Michigan.
The fourth shutout in five games for goalkeeper Matthew Jegier helped the Elon University men's soccer team to a 4-0 win over former Southern Conference foe Davidson on Saturday night at Rudd Field.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NreA_WaK9Gg&noredirect=1&w=560&h=315] BALTIMORE -- The Elon University men's basketball team survived a late scare from Towson in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, escaping Royal Farms Arena with a 74-69 overtime victory on Friday night. With two seconds left in regulation and the game knotted at 62 apiece, Elon senior guard Austin Hamilton launched an open jumper from the free throw line to win the game, but it fell just short, hitting the front of the rim, the backboard and teasing the Elon bench before it fell off the rim. "It didn't go in, we wanted it to go in and avoid overtime, but that's just the way the ball falls sometimes," Hamilton said.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW2vw8kIh54&noredirect=1&w=560&h=315] The Elon University cheerleading team welcomed an unofficial member this basketball season. Five-year old Ava Matheny, daughter of Elon head men's basketball coach Matt Matheny has been suiting up in maroon and gold, and melting the hearts of Phoenix fans throughout Alumni Gym. "Its cool after games just to see people say I watched your daughter and she's the cutest thing in the world," Coach Matheny said. Ava got her start in cheerleading in November after spending the last few years watching from the stands. "After a few years of sitting in the stands, she decided she wanted to try [cheerleading]," Ava's mom Jennifer Matheny said.
In the waning moments of the Elon University men's basketball team's 74-55 rout of UNC Wilmington on Saturday night, coach Matt Matheny was able to take seniors Austin Hamilton and Kevin Blake out of the game, to thunderous applause and gave them each a hug of appreciation (in addition to injured forward Ryan Winters). "That's how you want it to be," Matheny said.