STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: Beaver Stadium is empty before Penn State takes on Nebraska on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)A Penn State football alumnus was taken far too early this week as 37-year-old Mike Gasparato passed away on Thursday. Gasparato’s passing following a long battle with cancer, tumors, and blood clots.Gasparato was recruited by Penn State as a running back in 2000. He was a backup who received his most extensive play in the 2002 season, rushing for 158 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries.The final play of his college career was a 22-yard touchdown run against UCF in the 2004. He suffered an injury on the play that ended his playing career.Per Lions247, former Penn State offensive lineman Chris McKelvy, who was recruited in the same year as Gasparato, praised how he valiantly fought against his illness.“We are all proud of how Mike approached attacking cancer,” McKelvy said. “He approached it like he did football. He accepted the challenge with a positive attitude and a fighting spirit. He was a great teammate and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, our friend.”Gasparato underwent treatment for testicular cancer in January 2018 before discovering numerous tumors and blood clots later that year. A GoFundMe to support his treatment raised over $36,000.Our thoughts and prayers go our to Mr. Gasparato’s family and loved ones.
In 2015 the Oxford Street lights were switched on by Kylie Minogue, following in the footsteps of stars including Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Jim Carey and Leona Lewis. It’s not yet known who will be doing the honours this year. Someone please reassure me these aren’t Christmas lights going up on Oxford Street. pic.twitter.com/55avzuM6YX— DMA Architects (@DMA_Architects) October 10, 2016 christmas lights are already up, down oxford street pic.twitter.com/7tHVBioeMf— James (@heyyiitsjames) October 7, 2016 Members of the public are being invited to donate £5 to dedicate one of the 1,778 lights to a person of their choice as part of the Little Stars campaign, proceeds from which will go to the NSPCC’s helplines and national services. The lights on Oxford Street have just got us super excited about CHRISTMAS! ✨76 sleeps until the big day! 🎅🏼🎄 #Christmas #OxfordStreet pic.twitter.com/aSIBAj1Iok— Outfit Fashion (@OutfitFashionUK) October 10, 2016 Oxford Street has featured a display of Christmas lights each year since 1959, apart from in 1976 and 1977 when the belt-tightening through the recession saw two dark years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. We’re barely into October, Halloween is still nearly three weeks away, and yet Christmas lights have already appeared on London’s Oxford Street – and they’ve been there since the beginning of last week.The decorations on London’s busiest shopping street consist of 1,778 gold and silver baubles, and they’re due to be switched on on November 6th, in a ceremony organised by the New West End Company and radio station Capital.The street will be closed to traffic from noon to 7pm on the day of the ceremony.