Coaches vs. Cancer event raises nearly $4,000

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The Coaches vs. Cancer event held during the MHS-Verona boys basketball game on Friday, Jan. 23 raised $3,845, Key Club adviser Allie Warner said.

In only 83 seconds during the Bucket Pass more than $2,250 was raised, she said. The Wall of Hope cards and Luminaria bags raised almost $1,600. She said T-shirt sales, which were sold out, weren't included in the total raised.

"This is unheard of for a Coaches vs. Cancer game and well beyond what we could have hoped for,'' she said.

The next Coaches vs. Cancer event will be held on Feb. 10 when the MHS girls basketball team hosts Verona. Warner said the goal is now to surpass $5,000 raised.

This year MHS will host three Coaches vs. Cancer games. The MHS boys hockey team kicked things off with a game against Madison Memorial on Jan. 8 at Capitol Ice Arena.

This year's events are dedicated to Corky Cook and Jackson Pagel. Cook, 81, was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer and started chemotherapy last February. She has received chemo treatments every other week while not missing any time at her job as a daycare provider.

Pagel is a freshman basketball player at MHS who was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. He has been undergoing treatment as he continues to battle this disease.

Jackson's freshman teammates will be wearing T-shirts for the remainder of the season to honor him as well as to bring awareness to this specific form of cancer. T-shirts will be available for purchase at both Coaches vs. Cancer basketball games, online or by e-mailing MHS counselor Marcy Smith at msmith@mcpasd.k12.wi.us.

Players from all levels will be selling Wall of Fame cards in Pagel's name. Cards may be purchased for anyone who has been impacted by cancer. A halftime Bucket Pass will be conducted by the MHS Relay for Life organization for those who wish to contribute funds in that manner.

A portion of funds raised from Wall of Fame cards, Bucket Pass and T-shirt sales will be donated by the MHS Relay for Life Executive Board to Pagel and Cook, who along with their families will be honored at halftime of the boys basketball game. The Bucket Pass will be held at halftime for 83 seconds to represent the 83 people in Wisconsin who are diagnosed with cancer each day.

More than $2,170 has been raised at previous Coaches vs. Cancer events at MHS, Key Club adviser Allie Warner said.

The MHS Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society and the MHS thletic Department are all proud hosts of the Coaches vs. Cancer events. The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, schools and communities to join the fight against cancer. Since it's inception, more than $87 million has been raised to help the American Cancer Society's mission.

For additional information regarding donating to the events as an individual, a family, or as a business please e-mail Warner or call her at 829-9703.

Relay for Life is a 12-hour, fun-filled, overnight event that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost, and gives everyone the chance to fight back against the disease. Throughout the event, participants walk or run inside the MHS field house to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help people stay well and get well, to find cures, and to fight back against cancer.

The MHS Relay for Life program has raised more than $70,000 for the American Cancer Society in its first two years. This year’s Relay for Life will take place April 18-19. For more information please visit MHS Relay for Life website.