Dunking Cancer

RAISING MONEY in the battle against cancer takes on many forms. It is a costly and passionate crusade, and fundraising helps fuel the fight.

Relays for Life are one of the most common and successful methods to generate funds. In fact, Beallsville is staging its annual and bountiful Rally for Life this Thursday.

A relatively new kid on the cancer fundraising fight is doing its part to aid the most worthwhile cause.

Coaches vs. Cancer has surfaced locally recent years. It is a unique and fun endeavor, boosting the American Cancer Society coffers while also increasing cancer awareness.

Ohio Valley basketball coaches who opt to take part, lace up their sneakers with their game suits and guide their respective teams for a selected contest. It has proven a popular event as some 20 OVAC high schools and Wheeling Jesuit University and West Liberty University participated.

This year’s Coaches vs. Cancer program raised nearly $5,000 in the Ohio Valley for the ACS. The largest yield came from the Oak Glen-Magnolia game.

Prior to each game, medical personnel presented information to fans, players and coaches on the vital need of cancer awareness. The sneakers reflected that individuals need to take steps every day to reduce the risk of cancer in their lives.

All told, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised $85 million nationwide for ACS research and patient-related programs. That is what we call a slam-dunk success story.

We commend all local participating schools, in conjunction with Schiffler Cancer Center personnel, for turning the hardwood into another avenue for netting cancer-research funds.