In 1975, the number of people who died of invasive cancer in the United States was just shy of 200,000, according to National Cancer Institute. By 1991, the number increased by more than 15,000.
Now, that number has decreased to 171,000.
Creston Panthers, as well as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) programs are hosting an event to raise money that will go toward local cancer patients.
“I think they’ve (the students) loved it. They’ve all been pretty much on board with it, and we’ve had lot of community members say how excited they are,” said Anthony Donahoo, EAST coordinator. “It’s not just broad cancer, it’s local to Greater Regional (Medical Center). A lot of the students have wanted to help and be a part of this.”
The Panthers will host the Red Oak Tigers for a high school basketball event Friday.
The event starts at 4:30 p.m. with freshman girls basketball at Creston High School, and freshman boys at Creston Middle School. At 6 p.m., junior varsity boys play at the middle school and varsity girls play at the high school. At 7:30 p.m., junior varsity girls play at the middle school and varsity boys play at the high school.
“We’re going to be raising some money for the cancer unit at Greater Regional. ... They are getting a heated blanket for cancer patients,” said Donahoo.
The girls’ teams will wear pink uniforms during the games, the boys’ teams will wear wristbands, and both the girls’ and boys’ teams will wear “wrap up cancer” T-shirts during their warmups.
The money raised during the “wrap up cancer” event will go toward a blanket warmer to be put in Greater Regional Cancer Center at Greater Regional Medical Center.
“We had Trolli (Ferrara) donate candy to us, and they’re going to be selling that for a profit that’s going to be going toward it,” said Donahoo. “All shirt sales will go toward the blanket as well.”
During the event, slots to shoot a half-court shot are available for purchase. A jar count will also be available, with money raised from bets taken about how much candy is in a jar. The Creston High School Peppers will give a performance at half-time.
“Wrap up cancer” T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts will be available to buy ahead of time.
Sponsorships are also available for purchase by employees of local businesses. The sponsorships are $25, and employees can purchase as many as they want. All sponsors will be listed in the game program.