On December 6, 2016, Bracken County High School will be hosting “Hoops for Hope.” The Bracken Polar Bears will be playing against the Robertson County Black Devils. Games start at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:30 pm. “Hoops for Hope” is hosted by the Bracken County High School FCCLA club and members Kaleigh Woods, Alicia Teegarden, Makenleigh Cooper and their adviser Lesley Duzan. “Hoops for Hope” will be supporting the bracken Co. Cancer Support group and The Cure Starts Now organization. The mission of this organization is to fund groundbreaking research in honor of all children battling pediatric brain cancer or children “that have earned their wings” as a result of pediatric brain cancer. The Cure Starts Now hopes by raising awareness, it will increase the interest in knowing more about these deadly, yet unknown, cancers.
The guest speaker for the event will be Lisa Hill, mother of Lauren Hill, who was an inspiring young basketball player from Mount St. Joseph University who has since died from pediatric brain cancer. Lauren captured the hearts of many people across the nation with her story in November 2014. Despite her diagnosis with DIPG, a rare inoperable brain tumor, she used her voice to speak up for the kids that are unable to speak for the need of more research funding. As a result of Lauren’s efforts, $ 2.2 million has been raised for DIPG research since her first collegiate game on November 2, 2014.
Along with a guest speaker and the basketball games, other events will also include a cake auction, silent auction, and a survivor’s reception for all cancer survivors who sign in at the beginning of the game. Cheerleading performances will be provided by the Taylor Elementary Cheer Bears, the Bracken County Middle School, and the Bracken County High School Cheerleading teams.
Proceeds from the evening will go to the Bracken County Cancer Support Group and a donation will also be made to The Cure Starts Now organization. The Bracken County High School FCCLA encourages many people to come out and supports its basketball and cheerleading athletes and to also support an amazing cause. The program will begin prior to the Varsity Basketball game beginning approximately at 7:00 p.m.