July 27, 2012

Fundraiser for football alum Paul Gorham scheduled for August 2

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A fundraising tribute to Paul Gorham, former University of New Hampshire football player and current Sacred Heart University head football coach, is scheduled for Thursday, August 2, beginning at 5 p.m. on the campus of Sacred Heart.

The "Welcome Home Paul Gorham Tribute" event featured on the www.PaulGorham.org website has been established to encourage friends and colleagues of the Gorhams to participate in the development of a fundraiser directed toward providing financial support to Paul as a result of his recent unanticipated medical hardship. Colleagues and friends will work together to establish a new level of community in reaching out in a time of greatest need.

The fundraising tribute begins with a 5 p.m. mass followed by a 6 p.m. reception at Linda E. McMahon Commons.

Gorham suffers from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that has no known cause or cure. The 51-year-old underwent a double lung transplant in early March and, a few weeks later, both of his legs were amputated a few inches below his knees due to complications from the disease.

Gorham, a Wildcat tight end from 1979-83, earned All-Yankee Conference First-Team honors, AP All-New England Third Team and AP All-American Honorable Mention as a junior in '82 after compiling 16 receptions for 220 yards. The native of South Portland, Maine, worked as UNH's wide receivers coach for two years (1986-87), and the 2012 campaign will represent his ninth year at the helm of the Pioneers.

Donations can be made to Sacred Heart University; Attn: Don Cook; 5151 Park Avenue; Fairfield, CT 06825. All checks should be made payable to Paul Gorham. For more information, visit www.PaulGorham.org.

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