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Published on January 24, 2018

Local Cancer Patients Continue to Benefit from Annual Clash for a Cure Fundraiser

Freeland Falcons Football Team unites community to help others in need

Kevin Townsend, Freeland High School varsity football coach presenting Greg Rogers, president of MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland check from the proceeds from the Clash for a Cure football game.

Kevin Townsend (left), Freeland High School varsity football head coach recently presented a $10,000 donation to Greg Rogers, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Proceeds were raised during the eighth annual Clash for a Cure football game held last fall between the Freeland Falcons and the Shepherd Bluejays football teams. Since the event started in 2010, the school has donated $77,000 to the Medical Center’s Cancer Fund, which provides funds for new cancer treatment, diagnostic technology and support for patients in need.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most frightening and overwhelming experiences one can face for a person and their family. But thanks to a group of young men backed by a community who embraced their cause, no one should face this battle alone.

Cancer patients and their families served by MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland are being supported through a $10,000 donation recently presented to Greg Rogers, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland by Kevin Townsend, Freeland High School varsity football head coach. The monies were raised from the eighth annual Clash for a Cure football game held last fall between the Freeland Falcons and the Shepherd Bluejays football teams.

The funds have been placed in the Medical Center’s Cancer Fund. Under the stewardship of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, these gifts will be used for new cancer treatment, diagnostic technology and support for patients in need. Since the event started in 2010, the school has donated $77,000 to the Medical Center’s Cancer Fund.

According to Joan Herbert, Pharm.D., director of oncology, MidMichigan Health, their support has met varied cancer patient needs, including imaging technology for immediate view of a specimen upon a breast biopsy to gas gift cards.

“Cancer patients have over 100 visits for appointments, labs, imaging and procedures during the first year after diagnosis,” explained Herbert. “For those patients and their families who are having difficulty affording to get to appointments we have provided gas gift cards to help offset the travel costs thanks to donations to our Cancer Fund.”

In addition to ticket sales from the football game, monies from the Clash for a Cure fundraiser came from a number of activities held during the game that included a dunk tank, children games, food, beverages and a silent auction. In addition, special t-shirts were sold promoting the cause. This year’s t-shirt design was created by a Freeland High School art student.

“Clash for a Cure is more than a gridiron contest,” added Townsend. “It’s an experience that unites our community in the battle against cancer. This game is an opportunity for the young men of our Freeland football team to learn that life isn’t just about winning—it’s about character, humility, family and service to others.”

Those interested in more information about supporting cancer care at the Medical Center may contact the MidMichigan Health Foundation at (989) 839-1932. The opportunity to support the Cancer Fund is also available by visiting www.midmichigan.org/donations.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation raises funds to support equipment, services and programs for patients and families served by MidMichigan Health. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 22-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant.

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