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MHS athletes, supporters have fun raising cancer funds
MHS athletes, supporters have fun raising cancer funds

$2,500 raised through 'Coaches vs. Cancer' games   

Middleton High School athletes and supporters raised more than $2,500 for cancer-related charities through a variety of events honoring community members and groups fighting the disease.

Middleton High School assistant principal Mandi Maurice said $1,189.96 was raised for the school's Relay for Life chapter, a student group raising funds that will also help benefit the fight against cancer. The money came from a three-minute bucket pass during halftime at games, along with Wall of Fame card sales at the girls' basketball game on Jan. 31 and from the sale of Luminaria bags at the games.

Another $563 was raised from the sale of Wall of Hope cards at the boys' basketball game on Feb. 1. That money will be donated to the James R. Helmuth Benefit Fund. James and his family will be presented a check at an assembly the Wednesday morning.

The Wall of Hope was created game night by pinning Coaches vs. Cancer cards on the trophy case. Each card was sold for a donation of $1 or more, honoring a person from the donor’s life affected by cancer. MHS basketball players sold the cards the week of the events and cards were for sale during games from the Coaches vs. Cancer volunteers.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Finally, MHS guidance counselor Marcy Smith said nearly $1,000 was raised from T-shirt sales in advance and at the games.

The boys' and girls' basketball teams both got in on the fundraising spirit.

The MHS girls team hosted an event in conjunction with its game against Madison East on Jan. 31, while the boys held an event for the second consecutive year when the Cardinals hosted Verona on Friday.

Last season the Middleton boys' basketball team held a Coaches vs. Cancer game against Madison West.  Funds were raised in honor of Matt Meinholz, a Middleton senior basketball player who is currently in his second semester in his freshman year at UW-La Crosse.

This year the girls game honored three MHS staff members who have all bravely battled cancer -- Karyn Baxter, Linda Bremmer and Kathleen Shaffer.

The boys game honored James Helmuth, a fifth-grader at Elm Lawn Elementary. James is a basketball player as well as a huge fan of the game. He was diagnosed with adrenal cortical carcinoma nearly a year ago.

"He continues to inspire others as he battles this disease,'' MHS boys basketball coach Kevin Bavery said.

Donations for James are accepted via a tax-deductible fund at the Bank of Cross Plains.

"Basketball programs that are participating are truly making a difference in the fight against cancer through fundraising and by raising awareness in their communities about the importance of cancer prevention, early detection, and making healthy lifestyle choices,'' Bavery said.

To learn more about the MHS Relay for Life, visit the organization’s Facebook page or check out the website. Relay for Life plans to hold an overnight fundraising walk in April.

To see more photos from the Friday night game, please visit the MHS basketball team's Facebook page.


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