Lakeshore, St. Joseph Volleyball Teams Donate $4,200 to Marie Yeager Cancer Center
Dec 22, 2015
When it comes to fighting cancer, we’re all on the same team. Lakeshore and St. Joseph High School volleyball teams recently donated a record-setting $4,200 through the Lakeland Health Foundations to Marie Yeager Cancer Center.
Now in its seventh year, the annual “Fight On” campaign unites players, fans, and community members in support of cancer patients in southwest Michigan. Funds were raised through the sale of water bottles, baked goods, concessions, and t-shirts donated by United Federal Credit Union. A “Dash for Cash” event was also held during the games to raise additional support. Funds donated will support transportation, cancer screenings, and medication assistance for patients, among other needs.
“We are so grateful to see so many members of our community come together for such a worthy cause,” said Jann Totzke, Executive Director Oncology Services, Lakeland Health. “The number of cancer patients in need continues to rise and this generous donation will only further enhance the care and services we are able provide to them.”
Traditionally rivals on the court, Head Volleyball Coaches, Rob Elliot of St. Joseph and Candy Briney of Lakeshore, said the campaign helped unite their players as one team.
“Part of being an athlete is being a leader in your community,” said Briney. “Most of our athletes personally know someone who has been affected by or is currently battling cancer. The ‘Fight On’ campaign helps us remember that we are all friends and neighbors fighting for the same cause – it touches a lot of lives.”