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February 14, 2024

2 Years, $105,000 Donated | Sideline Cancer’s Patient Assistance Program

In the midst of the 2020-21 Covid-19 Global Pandemic, Sideline Cancer faced a unique challenge. With the sports world on pause, the organization made a courageous pivot, turning its focus towards Pancreatic Cancer Awareness and Patient Assistance. This decision marked the beginning of a remarkable journey that would touch the lives of many battling cancer.

The purpose was clear: inspire communities to raise funds through Sideline Cancer Merchandise Sales, with a significant portion directed towards supporting cancer patients facing financial hardships. For every item sold, $5 was earmarked for this cause, including $1 from the sale of each bracelet. This simple yet powerful initiative would soon lead to extraordinary results.

Two years have passed since the program’s inception in January 2022, and the impact has been profound. Together with the communities that host events, Sideline Cancer has raised an astounding $105,000, supporting over 30 patients across Central PA and beyond. These funds have provided crucial assistance to those in need, offering hope and relief during their toughest battles.

The journey doesn’t end here. Sideline Cancer’s reach continues to expand, with events now hosted at over 20 schools and more communities joining the cause. The spirit of resilience and compassion embodied by these communities is a testament to the belief that drives Sideline Cancer: the “I Can Attitude & Believe Always Spirit.”

If your school community shares this spirit and is interested in joining Sideline Cancer’s mission, please reach out to Jordan Griffith at [email protected]. Together, we can make a difference, one donation, one event, and one patient at a time. Join us in the fight against cancer, and let’s continue to spread hope and support to those who need it most.

Penn State University Altoona, PA Raises $2,000 to Support Cassandra Woodland’s Fight Against Breast Cancer, Love Conquers ALL

In a heartfelt display of love and support, the community at Penn State University Altoona, PA, rallied together to raise $2,000 for Cassandra Woodland, a brave mother battling breast cancer. The story unfolded at the Adler Gymnasium on Saturday, February 10th, where Kevin Woodland Jr. played basketball, honoring his mother’s courageous fight.

The event was a testament to the power of unity, as the funds were raised through a combination of Sideline Cancer Merch Sales, Online Donations, and Donations Collected by the Penn State University Altoona Dance Team. Each contribution, no matter how small, was a step towards easing the burden on the Woodland Family.

The atmosphere in the gymnasium was charged with emotion, and the basketball games were nothing short of electrifying. During the women’s game, Jaidyn McCracken’s performance was awe-inspiring, as she made 5 three-pointers in the first half against PSU Behrend. Despite her remarkable efforts, the Penn State University Altoona Women’s Team lost 71-61, highlighting the unpredictable nature of life’s challenges.

The men’s game was a highlight of the Sideline Cancer Basketball Season, although the Penn State University Altoona Men’s Team suffered a heartbreaking 83-82 loss. Dwayne Jones and Jarrett Gardner’s dominance in the paint kept the game intense. The crowd erupted in cheers, hoping for a last-second victory, but Penn State Altoona fell short as Justin Sheetz missed a shot in the Right Corner as time expired in OT.

The event drew the biggest crowd of the year, demonstrating the community’s unwavering support. The donations collected in the stands, nearly $800, were a testament to the love and compassion that filled the gymnasium. Together, Penn State University Altoona, PA, sidelined cancer, proving that love conquers all.

February 9, 2024

Central and Penns Valley HS Girls Play an Inaugural Sideline Cancer Game, Central Wins and $3,150 is Raised to Support Pancreatic Cancer!

On a crisp February evening, the gymnasium at Central High School in Martinsburg Pennsylvania,  buzzed with anticipation. It wasn’t just any ordinary basketball game; it was a special occasion that brought together two communities for a cause close to their hearts. The inaugural Sideline Cancer Game was about to unfold, thanks to the initiative of Krystal Fries, who had reached out to Sideline Cancer just after Christmas break with a proposal to host the event.

The idea quickly gained traction, and just a month later, the gym was packed with supporters from both Central and Penns Valley High Schools. The atmosphere crackled with energy as everyone gathered not just to witness a game of basketball but to contribute to a larger cause – raising funds to support pancreatic cancer advocacy efforts led by Cathy Griffith, the President of Sideline Cancer.

As the players took to the court, it was evident that this game meant more than just points on the scoreboard. It was a testament to the power of community coming together in solidarity against a common enemy. The Central Girls, fueled by determination and a sense of purpose, squared off against their opponents from Penns Valley in a fierce battle.

In the end, it was Central who emerged victorious, clinching a hard-fought 38-33 win. The game itself was a defensive showdown, with every possession fiercely contested. Senior Megan Diehl led the charge for Central, her leadership on full display as she guided her teammates to victory. The post-game celebrations were filled with jubilation as the team gathered for the “I Can Cup Celebration,” a moment of triumph and unity.

But the victory on the court was only part of the story. Sideline Cancer also unveiled a new addition to the event – a vibrant backdrop that added a touch of fun and excitement. The backdrop quickly became a hit, with players and spectators alike taking the opportunity to capture memories and show their support for the cause.

Behind the scenes, the success of the event wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of individuals like Michelle Ann, who generously provided photography services for the evening. Their contributions, along with those of countless others, helped to make the Sideline Cancer Game a resounding success, both on and off the court.

As the final buzzer sounded and the crowd began to disperse, the sense of accomplishment lingered in the air. Central and Penns Valley may have been rivals on the basketball court, but on this night, they stood united in their fight against cancer. And with $3,150 raised to support pancreatic cancer advocacy, their efforts were a testament to the power of community and compassion.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer

Williamsburg and Southern Huntingdon Girls Play Inaugural Game, Williamsburg Win and Raise $2,600 for Lacie Merritts!

In the heart of Williamsburg, amidst the echoing cheers and spirited chants, a remarkable event unfolded at the local high school gymnasium. It wasn’t just any ordinary game night—it was a night of unity, compassion, and unwavering support for a beloved member of the community, Lacie Merritts. Lacie, a beacon of strength, has been courageously battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia since 2017, and the community rallied around her in a display of solidarity that would leave a lasting impact.

As the lights dimmed and the crowd hushed in anticipation, the Williamsburg and Southern Huntingdon girls’ basketball teams took center stage for the inaugural Sideline Cancer Game. This wasn’t just about basketball; it was about something much greater—coming together to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The gymnasium buzzed with excitement as players warmed up, their determination palpable in the air.

Despite being the smallest public school in the state of Pennsylvania, Williamsburg showcased its immense heart and spirit as it embraced the Sideline Cancer cause wholeheartedly. The community’s support was evident in the sea of Sideline Cancer T-shirts, with over 300 sold—a testament to the collective commitment to making a difference. Every shirt represented not just a purchase, but a contribution to a cause greater than themselves.

The generosity displayed that night was nothing short of extraordinary. In a heartwarming display of compassion, donations poured in, setting a single-game record of $1,100—an incredible feat that spoke volumes about the community’s dedication to supporting those in need. With each contribution, hope soared higher, lighting up the darkness that cancer often brings.

As the game tipped off, the Williamsburg Girls’ team ignited the court with their passion and skill, led by Sideline Cancer AAU Stars Leeanna Royer, Ayla Hileman, LeVada Gorsuch, and Laney Prough. Their teamwork and determination were a sight to behold, as they battled fiercely for every point, every rebound, every victory. It wasn’t just a game; it was a symbol of resilience and strength in the face of adversity.

Amidst the excitement, one moment stood out—the triumphant celebration of Ayla Hileman with the I Can Cup, a gesture of triumph over adversity and a reminder that together, anything is possible. The presence of 10 Sideline Cancer AAU Players further emphasized the bond between the cause and the community, showing that everyone, regardless of age or background, can make a difference.

In the aftermath of the game, amidst the echoes of cheers and applause, a profound sense of gratitude filled the air. A special thank you resonated throughout the gym, directed towards Perry Wellington and Pat Cassidy, whose unwavering support and dedication made the game possible. Their efforts, along with those of countless others, illuminated the power of community and the indomitable human spirit.

As the final buzzer sounded and the players exchanged handshakes and hugs, it was clear that this night was about more than just basketball—it was about coming together as a community, standing shoulder to shoulder in the fight against cancer. And as the funds raised reached an astounding $2,600, it was a reminder that in the face of adversity, love, compassion, and unity will always prevail.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer

Bishop Guilfoyle Hosts Annual Sideline Cancer Games at the Jaffa Mosque, Wins Both Games and Raises $2,500 for Destiney Hite!

Bishop Guilfoyle High School once again became the epicenter of compassion and sportsmanship as it hosted the annual Sideline Cancer Games at the revered Jaffa Mosque. This marked the second consecutive year for the school to organize this heartwarming event aimed at raising funds for cancer patients, with this year’s proceeds directed towards supporting Destiney Hite, a resilient 29-year-old from Altoona, who valiantly battles brain tumors. The essence of the fundraiser lay not in ticket sales or merchandise, but in the generous donations pouring in from the stands, fueled by the collective spirit of solidarity and empathy. And the result? A remarkable sum of $2,500 raised, a testament to the power of community coming together for a noble cause.

As the sun set and the lights illuminated the court, the BG girls’ basketball team took to the floor with determination and purpose. Their opponents, Penn Cambria, were experiencing their inaugural Sideline Cancer Event, adding an extra layer of significance to the game. The BG girls showcased their prowess, dominating the court and clinching victory by nearly 20 points. The jubilant scenes that followed saw Stella Yeskey leading the celebration, dousing her teammates with water from the iconic I Can Cup, symbolizing not just triumph on the court, but also a victory of spirit and solidarity off it.

In the night’s main event, the BG boys’ team squared off against formidable opponents from Hollidaysburg. With both teams evenly matched on paper, anticipation hung thick in the air. However, once the game commenced, it was clear that BG’s relentless defense and swift pace would prove decisive. The boys delivered a commanding performance, clinching a resounding 20-point victory and igniting euphoric celebrations among the fans and players alike.

Amidst the cheers and applause, one moment stood out – the epic I Can Cup Celebration orchestrated by the boys’ team, with Jake Kissell stealing the spotlight with his infectious energy and charisma. Social media lit up with videos and snapshots of the memorable moment, capturing the essence of camaraderie and compassion that defined the evening. Special thanks were extended to Jeremy Boland for immortalizing the camaraderie with a timeless team picture, encapsulating the spirit of the Sideline Cancer Games at Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer

Homer-Center and United HS Raise $2,400 for Kristie Voyda, Boys & Girls Exchange Trophies, Max Voyda Dominates!

A remarkable story unfolded on the basketball courts of Homer-Center and United High Schools in Pennsylvania. For the second consecutive year, these schools came together not just for a game, but for a cause greater than themselves: Sideline Cancer. Last year’s inaugural event set the stage, with the Homer-Center Girls and United Boys emerging victorious, rallying behind Keith Steiner, a custodian at United HS battling pancreatic cancer. The unity and camaraderie displayed on and off the court were truly inspiring.

This year, the narrative took a new turn as the Sideline Cancer Games resumed. The atmosphere crackled with anticipation as players, coaches, and supporters gathered to witness the clash of titans. On the court, the United Girls Basketball Team, led by the formidable Mollee Fry, showcased their skill and determination, securing a resounding 54-29 victory over Homer-Center. Their triumph spoke not only of athletic prowess but also of compassion and solidarity, as they played for a cause dear to their hearts.

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, Homer-Center sought redemption from last year’s defeat. Led by the talented Max Voyda, they faced off against United with a fierce determination. Max’s performance was nothing short of spectacular, as he poured in 17 points to lead his team to victory. But Max’s victory held a deeper significance; he was playing not just for his team but for his mother, Kristie Voyda, who is currently battling breast cancer. As the final buzzer sounded, the emotions ran high, for Max’s triumph on the court symbolized hope and resilience in the face of adversity.

As the dust settled and the crowd dispersed, the true impact of the Sideline Cancer Games became apparent. While the wins and losses were significant, it was the spirit of community and generosity that shone brightest. This year’s game raised an astounding $2,400 for Kristie Voyda through the Sideline Cancer Patient Assistance Program. This substantial contribution will provide much-needed support to Kristie and others like her, offering hope and comfort in their darkest moments.

The Sideline Cancer Games between Homer-Center and United High Schools serve as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of sports. Beyond the cheers and celebrations, these games are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity for kindness and compassion. As the legacy of these games continues to grow, so too does the impact they have on individuals and families battling cancer. In the end, it’s not about the scoreline but the lives touched and the bonds forged in the pursuit of a common goal—together, we can make a difference.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer

To learn more about Breast Cancer visit : Breast Cancer Research Foundation


January 23, 2024

Bishop Carroll and Central Cambria Raise $6,000, BC Repeats & Showers Coach with The Cup

In the small town of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Sideline Cancer’s Rivalry Week unfolded with an emotional twist during the second clash between Bishop Carroll and Central Cambria girls’ basketball teams. The echoes of cheers and the squeak of sneakers on the court were not just sounds of a game but a chorus of support for a noble cause.

As the anticipation built up in Bishop Carroll Gymnasium on Friday, January 12th, Central Cambria entered the game as the heavy favorites. The rivalry was fierce, and the air was charged with excitement. However, the young Bishop Carroll Huskies had their own plans. In a stunning turn of events, they came back from an 8-point deficit in the 4th Quarter, securing an improbable victory.

The defining moments were etched in the minds of all who witnessed it — Ava Pablic’s nerve-wracking free throws and Tatum Laughard’s fearless plays down the stretch. The underdogs had triumphed, and the celebration began.

In the jubilant aftermath, Bishop Carroll not only clinched the victory but also retained the coveted I Can Cup. The trophy, a symbol of resilience and unity, was proudly displayed. Yet, the celebration reached new heights when the first-year coach, Erika Stittmeyer, found herself showered with the trophy—an unexpected and heartwarming moment that added a touch of magic to the night.

But this wasn’t just any game. It was a game with a profound purpose. The spotlight shifted to Ava Pablic’s Aunt, Tara Hillegass, bravely battling triple-negative breast cancer. The event wasn’t just about points on the scoreboard; it was a rallying cry for support and solidarity. The gymnasium was filled with a shared determination to make a difference.

The community responded with unwavering generosity, raising an impressive $6,000 during the event. These funds were not just numbers; they were a lifeline for Tara in her fight against cancer. The community’s commitment was tangible—a powerful testament to the impact that can be made when people come together for a cause.

As the cheers quieted and the gymnasium emptied, the commitment to the cause didn’t waver. The story continues with Part II of this heartfelt rivalry at Central Cambria on Tuesday, January 16th, where the boys’ teams will take center stage. Beyond the basketball court, the community remains united, ensuring that every dribble, every shot, and every cheer contributes to Tara Hillegass’s ongoing battle against cancer.

In the heart of this intense rivalry, a story unfolded—a story of triumph, unity, and compassion that goes far beyond the boundaries of a basketball court. In Ebensburg, victory wasn’t just measured in points; it was measured in the collective strength of a community coming together for a cause that truly matters.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer

To learn more about Triple-negative Breast Cancer visit : The American Cancer Society

January 17, 2024

Sideline Cancer’s Rivalry Week Begins with Claysburg v Northern Bedford Boys & Girls, Netting $12,000 for Morrow & Helsel Family

Sideline Cancer kicked off its inaugural “Rivalry Week” with an electrifying clash between Claysburg and Northern Bedford County, setting the stage for a series of thrilling matchups aimed at supporting cancer patients. The 10-day event promised intense competition and a shared commitment to making a difference in the lives of those battling cancer.

In the opening game, the Northern Bedford girls demonstrated a relentless spirit, securing a commanding 20-point victory over Claysburg. Their triumph not only earned them the title but also marked the crowning moment of the 1st I Can Cup in the girls’ series.

On the boys’ side, Claysburg fought fiercely to reclaim the trophy that had eluded them in the previous year. The victory celebration was nothing short of euphoric, as the boys showered Head Coach Mike Harris with elation. The atmosphere was charged with excitement, reflecting the team’s passion and determination.

However, beyond the intense competition on the court, the highlight of the event was the overwhelming support from the community. The game raised a staggering $12,000, a testament to the collective effort to make a meaningful impact. The generous contribution was dedicated to the Morrow and Helsel family, with a special mention of Olivia Helsel, who played a pivotal role in the girls’ game.

Amid the jubilation and cheers, Coach Harris, soaked from the impromptu celebration, passionately addressed the camera, shouting, “$12,000, $12,000!” His words echoed the significance of the fundraising efforts and the community’s commitment to Sideline Cancer’s noble cause.

Even in the face of defeat, Northern Bedford’s boys’ team emerged as winners off the court. The community showcased its unwavering “I Can Attitude” and “Believe Always Spirit” in front of a sold-out crowd at NB High School. The event transcended the boundaries of competition, uniting everyone in a shared mission to support cancer patients and their families.

Sideline Cancer’s Rivalry Week had not just begun with a basketball game; it had ignited a flame of compassion, unity, and hope that would continue to burn brightly throughout the remaining rivalries, embodying the true spirit of sportsmanship and philanthropy.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer

January 5, 2024

Sideline Cancer Shoots Hoops of Hope, Raises $3,400 for Kristy Guillarmod at Forest Hills

In a heartwarming display of unity and compassion, Sideline Cancer recently organized a Bigger Than Basketball Girls and Boys Double Header at Forest Hills High School. The small town of Sidman, PA came together in a remarkable show of support, raising an impressive $3,400 for their beloved community member, Kristy Guillarmod, who is courageously battling Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

The level of play on the court was nothing short of extraordinary, with all four teams entering the game with a combined total of only five losses. Hollidaysburg Girls and Boys emerged victorious in both games, celebrating their success by triumphantly chugging from the coveted I Can Cup.

However, the true stars of the night were a group of spirited elementary students from Forest Hills. Displaying an incredible sense of initiative and compassion, these young souls took it upon themselves to raise $800 by collecting donations from the enthusiastic crowd. Their efforts went beyond the conventional, as they also engaged in face painting, turning the event into a colorful spectacle of support for Kristy Guillarmod.

Looking towards the future, Sideline Cancer aspires to amplify their impact by establishing a heated rivalry game between Forest Hills and another school in the area, be it Richland or McCort. This ambitious goal aims to not only foster a sense of healthy competition but also to continue channeling the community’s passion into supporting those battling cancer. With each passing year, the Sidman community is proving that they are more than just spectators; they are active participants in the fight against cancer, transforming every basketball game into a beacon of hope and solidarity.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer

To learn more about Triple-Negative Breast Cancer visit : Breast Cancer Research Foundation

December 27, 2023

Part II of the James Miller Fundraiser Concludes at North Star in the Jaycee Holiday Tournament, Raising $5,400

In an extraordinary display of community support and unity, the James Miller Fundraiser reached new heights during the Jaycee Holiday Tournament at North Star. James Miller, who had already made history as the first individual to play in a charitable benefit for himself while battling cancer, found himself in the spotlight once again as the first person to have not one, but two sporting events played in his honor.

On December 28th, the Jaycee Holiday Tournament showcased a “Bigger Than Basketball” High School Tournament, bringing together teams from North Star, Somerset, United, and Tussey Mt. The spirit of competition was infused with a profound sense of purpose as players and spectators alike rallied to raise funds for James Miller’s ongoing battle against cancer.

The combined efforts of these schools proved to be nothing short of remarkable, with a grand total of $2,500 raised during the tournament. This significant contribution, coupled with the $2,900 raised during the hockey game held in November, culminated in an impressive sum of $5,400. The generosity and camaraderie exhibited during these events truly exemplify the power of community when it comes together for a common cause.

Adding to the heartwarming tale, the Jaycees of Boswell stepped up to the plate, presenting Sideline Cancer with a check for $300. This additional contribution will directly benefit James Miller, further easing the financial burden that often accompanies the challenging journey of battling cancer.

As the tournament concluded, the four participating schools not only showcased their athletic prowess but also embodied the collective spirit of perseverance. Their shared commitment to the “I Can Attitude and Believe Always Spirit” resonated throughout the event, inspiring all in attendance. It’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the impact a united community can have in supporting those in need.

In the midst of competition, cheers, and high-fives, the Jaycee Holiday Tournament not only celebrated the love for the game but also served as a powerful reminder that, together, we can make a difference in the lives of those facing adversity. The legacy of James Miller’s fundraiser continues to shine brightly, proving that, even in the face of challenges, the community stands strong, offering hope and support to those who need it most.

To host a Sideline Cancer Event click here : HOST A SIDELINE CANCER EVENT 

To show your support and help raise awareness you can purchase your Sideline Cancer apparel here : Sideline Cancer 

Follow Sideline Cancer on Instagram here : @sidelinecancer