August 25, 2023

Rivalry Football Game Raises $7,400 for Patients, Hollidaysburg Wins, Sideline Cancer Celebrates a Decade!

In a poignant celebration of a decade of dedicated service, Sideline Cancer recently marked the 10th anniversary of their impactful “Sideline Cancer Games” at Hollidaysburg High School. This year’s event, however, held a special significance as it was integrated into the much-anticipated Rivalry Game against Altoona, breaking new ground for the organization.

The Sideline Cancer Games have become synonymous with hope and community support over the years. As they celebrated their 10th year, the commitment to their mission was evident in the collective effort to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

This marked the first time that Sideline Cancer joined forces with the longstanding Rivalry Game against Altoona, creating an intersection of sportsmanship and philanthropy that would define the event. The fusion of the two events elevated the excitement and purpose, bringing together the community for a greater cause.

In a remarkable show of generosity, the community nearly doubled last year’s fundraising total, contributing an impressive $7,400. This substantial amount was then distributed to two deserving families – The Kepharts of Hollidaysburg, who received $2,000, and the Stolz family of Altoona, who received a significant $5,400. The impact of these funds goes beyond monetary value, offering a lifeline of support to those bravely battling cancer.

The community spirit was further evidenced in the sale of over 800 articles of clothing between the two schools. Additionally, $3,400 in direct donations poured in, emphasizing the widespread commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those affected by cancer.

On the day of the game, the atmosphere was charged with emotion and excitement. A sell-out crowd gathered, underlining the community’s wholehearted involvement in the cause. The game itself lived up to its rivalry status, with Hollidaysburg emerging victorious with a thrilling 21-20 win. The triumph extended beyond the field as Hollidaysburg celebrated with the coveted “I Can Cup” for the first time, symbolizing not only a victory in the game but a triumph in the collective fight against cancer.

Adding to the significance of the day, Sideline Cancer announced a partnership with the Brian Morden Foundation of Altoona, further amplifying the impact of their collective efforts. This collaboration underscores the interconnectedness of various organizations working towards a common goal – supporting cancer patients and their families.

In conclusion, the Rivalry Football Game transcended its role as a sporting spectacle; it became a powerful narrative of community strength, compassion, and the unwavering commitment to combating cancer. Sideline Cancer’s 10th-anniversary celebration at Hollidaysburg High School showcased the incredible potential of combining sports, community, and a noble cause, leaving an indelible mark on the ongoing fight against cancer.

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