MASON CITY, Iowa – It is fair to say most of us know someone personally impacted by cancer.
Mason City High School aimed to raise awareness about the deadly disease Tuesday. The Lady Mohawks held their Coaches vs. Cancer game in hopes of raising money to help local children battle the deadly disease.
“Our daughter, Blair, was diagnosed with cancer when she was seven (years old),” said Maggie Smith.
Blair, is a fifth-grader at Lincoln Intermediate who is battling leukemia.
“Two-and-a-half years of chemo and she just finished her last treatment in July,” Smith added smiling.
It is children like Blair who inspire the Mohawks to hold the annual event.
“We really just like to give back and support people with cancer,” said Maris Clutter, a Mason City volleyball player.
This holds especially true since cancer is so close to home fort many of us.
“It helps other people have the encouragement to keep fighting and so that they can keep on doing and keep on living,” said team manager, Kendra Camper.
While fans filled the gymnasium wearing yellow shirts in support of childhood cancer awareness, there was also a silent auction and raffle for cornhole boards in order to raise money. For those not able to make it out tonight, you still have an opportunity on Saturday.
“We created what's called "Stomping out Childhood Cancer,” and we are doing a fundraiser Saturday to get money to donate for childhood cancer research,” added Smith.
For those interested in attending that event, it will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Surf District Rock-n-Roll Grill in Clear Lake. There will be a silent auction, bake sale, raffles, kids games, and more.