Members of the boys’ basketball program at Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School are raising money for brain cancer research, leading up to a special event at the boys’ varsity game vs. Toledo Christian Friday (Jan. 17). Under the theme of “Go. Fight. Cure.”, athletes during the home triple-header will honor those who have endured and been impacted by this horrific disease.
This brain cancer fundraiser with the boys’ basketball team started in 2015 and has become a tradition. All donations after expenses go to the American Brain Tumor Association. For two weeks, team members have been raising money by selling T-shirts and cookies (donated by Bassett’s Market, Port Clinton). Game-day fundraising activities include a 50/50 raffle during all three games, as well as three-point and half-court shooting contests (with prizes going to the winners) at halftime of the varsity game.
OH cheerleaders are making posters and students and all other attendees are asked to wear grey (the color for brain cancer) that evening in support of a “grey-out” for brain cancer awareness. Before the start of the varsity game, there will be a special presentation and the Choraliers will sing the “National Anthem.”
All week, an “Honor Board” has been posted outside the gym’s main doors so students, faculty, staff, and OH villagers could write names of those they know who have been through a battle with brain cancer. Those names will be read and honored between the third and fourth quarters of the varsity game.
Game times against Toledo Christian are 4:45 p.m. (freshmen), 6 p.m. (junior varsity), and 7:15 p.m. (varsity). Entry to the activities and basketball games requires a game ticket, which are $6 each. Games are on the John Lindsay Court at the Junior/Senior High School.
This brain cancer fundraiser began in 2015 when then-OH sophomore Brett Hoffman (’17) and his brother Drew Hoffman (’20) started the campaign in support of their cousin, Emma Carpenter. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, an aggressive brain tumor, at the age of 14. Emma was then an Evergreen High School cheerleader. That year, as Ottawa Hills played Evergreen in basketball, the two teams were united in the cause – in support of Emma and others affected by cancer – and athletes from both teams wore grey shirts. Emma, now a survivor at age 22, hopes to be present at the varsity game. Drew, now a senior and starting guard on the varsity team, has participated with his brother and now chairs the event.
“Go. Fight. Cure.” continues to bring the focus of brain cancer closer to home. OH sophomore Summer Moynihan, a brain cancer survivor, has participated in this event in the past; and varsity basketball coach John Lindsay’s great nephew, Jack Fineske, who passed away from the disease at a young age, also has been honored at a past event (called “Keeping Up with Jack”). OH French teacher Matt Chappuies and his daughter Isabelle, a leukemia survivor, also have spoken at a past event about living with and surviving pediatric cancer.
To make a donation to this cause, contact Drew Hoffman at Dhoffman20@ohschools.org. While supplies last, T-shirts ($15) can be purchased with cash or a check made out to American Brain Tumor Association at lunchtime at the Junior/Senior High School and at the event.