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December 8, 2023

Sideline Cancer Goes on Live TV to Promote Inaugural Williamsburg v. S. Huntingdon Girls Game

In a heartwarming effort to make a significant impact on the lives of those battling cancer, Sideline Cancer is gearing up for its inaugural Sideline Cancer Game at Williamsburg High School on January 24th. The event aims to rally support for Lacie Merrits, a brave soul facing the challenges of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

Taking their mission to the airwaves, Sideline Cancer Executive Director, Jordan Griffith, accompanied by three dedicated AAU Players—Leeanna Royer, Ayla Hileman of Williamsburg, and Elayna Thomas of S. Huntingdon—graced the set of WTAJ’s Perry Wellington Show. This heartening appearance unfolded as part of the “Pay it Forward” segment, highlighting the organization’s commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of cancer patients.

Securing the valuable airtime on the Perry Wellington Show was made possible by the generous gesture of Pat Cassidy, who played a pivotal role in bringing Sideline Cancer to Bellwood during his last year coaching basketball at the school. The collaboration between the AAU players and the executive director showcased not only their passion for the cause but also their dedication to creating a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer.

During the televised segment, all three girls, along with Jordan Griffith, radiated enthusiasm and positivity, effectively promoting the upcoming game. Their infectious “I Can Attitude & Believe Always Spirit” resonated with the audience, underscoring the collective effort required to make a lasting change in the world. The television appearance not only raised awareness for the event but also inspired viewers to join in the mission to support cancer patients like Lacie Merrits.

As a further show of solidarity, Sideline Cancer Merchandise is set to hit the shelves on January 3rd, coinciding with the students’ return to school. With $5 from every item sold earmarked for Lacie’s support, the community is encouraged to not only attend the game but also to contribute to this noble cause through the purchase of Sideline Cancer merchandise. In this collective effort, Sideline Cancer is not only fostering a sense of community but also empowering individuals to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

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 Chronic Myeloid Leukemia visit : The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

November 11, 2023

Sideline Cancer Introduces “Bigger Than Hockey” as Hollidaysburg and Somerset Play For James Miller Netting $2,900

Shortly after the Sideline Cancer SFU Football Game, a heartfelt email reached the offices of Sideline Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer patients. The message came from a compassionate parent in Hollidaysburg, expressing the desire to organize a Sideline Cancer Game for James Miller, a courageous Somerset Hockey Player who had recently been diagnosed with Spindle Cell Sarcoma.

In a swift response, the event was set in motion and scheduled at Galactic Ice on November 14th, an earlier date than initially planned, allowing James Miller to actively participate in the game. The atmosphere was charged with both competition and camaraderie as Hollidaysburg emerged victorious. However, the true triumph of the day was James Miller becoming the FIRST patient recipient to play in a Sideline Cancer Game, echoing the resilience shown by Sideline Cancer TBT Pro Will Wise, who once became the first professional basketball player to compete in a pro game while battling terminal cancer.

Beyond the scoreboard, the event’s impact resonated in the community, raising an impressive $2,900. This not only provides crucial financial support for James Miller’s medical journey but also serves as a testament to the power of unity and compassion. The overwhelming success of the event has ignited a renewed spirit in James, fostering an “I Can Attitude and Believe Always Spirit” that will undoubtedly fuel his ongoing battle against cancer.

This remarkable occasion marked the first part of a two-part series. The next chapter is set to unfold at North Star High School, where James is a student, during the Jaycee Holiday Tournament. The anticipation is high as Somerset faces off against North Star, creating another opportunity for the community to come together in support of a cause bigger than hockey – a cause that unites hearts in the fight against cancer.

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 Spindle Cell Sarcoma check out : The Sarcoma Foundation of America

October 16, 2023

After a 3-Year Covid Break, Sideline Cancer Returns to Saint Francis University, Raises $3,400 for Evan Sanders on National TV

After a three-year hiatus due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sideline Cancer, the non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer patients, made a triumphant return to the spotlight. Their recent event, a “Bigger Than Football” game at SFU, marked a significant moment in the organization’s history, raising $3,400 for Evan Sanders, a student at the university battling Leukemia. This heartwarming initiative took center stage on National Television, with CBS Sports Network broadcasting the game, a historic first for SFU Football.

The wheels were set in motion shortly after the intense Hollidaysburg v. Altoona Rivalry Game. QB Cole Doyle, a Walter Payton Finalist in 2022 and a key figure in Sideline Cancer, reached out to the organization with a unique proposition. He wanted to organize a special game at SFU, not just for the love of football, but to support a fellow student, Evan Sanders, who was courageously facing the challenges of Leukemia.

On October 12th, the much-anticipated “Bigger Than Football” game unfolded at SFU, making history as the FIRST National TV Game in SFU Football History. CBS Sports Network provided extensive coverage, shedding light on Sideline Cancer’s mission and Evan Sanders’ journey during the entire third quarter of the game.

The event was not just a showcase of athleticism; it was a powerful demonstration of community support. A remarkable $3,400 was raised during the game, with the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to the Sanders Family as they navigated the complexities of Evan’s medical journey. The outpouring of generosity from the community exemplified the true spirit of Sideline Cancer and its commitment to making a positive impact.

In the post-game interview, QB Cole Doyle expressed the sentiment that echoed through the hearts of everyone involved: “Tonight was for Evan.” This profound dedication illustrated the unity and compassion that football, as a sport, can foster. SFU emerged victorious over Wagner University, but the real triumph of the night was the collective effort to support Evan Sanders in his fight against Leukemia.

Adding a touch of lightheartedness to the poignant occasion, QB Cole Doyle marked the victory by chugging from the iconic “I Can Cup.” This symbolic gesture not only celebrated the triumph on the football field but also encapsulated the resilience and camaraderie that define Sideline Cancer’s mission.

The return of Sideline Cancer to SFU after a prolonged hiatus was not just a game; it was a testament to the strength of community, compassion, and the indomitable human spirit.

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

October 7, 2023

Sideline Cancer Turkey Bowl Becomes a Tradition at Hollidaysburg, Black Team Wins!

In a heartwarming display of community spirit and dedication to a noble cause, Sideline Cancer recently celebrated the 2nd Annual Girls Flag Football Tournament at Hollidaysburg High School. Last year’s inaugural event was a roaring success, raising an impressive $1,200 for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness and Advocacy. Undeterred by challenges, this year’s tournament proved to be another triumph, generating $1,000 in support of the same crucial cause.

Seven teams, each comprised of 10 spirited girls and guided by two football player coaches, took to the field, showcasing their athleticism, teamwork, and unwavering commitment to the fight against cancer. Throughout the day, the air was filled with laughter, cheers, and a sense of camaraderie as players and spectators alike joined forces to make a difference.

In a riveting final match, Coach Tewell and Kensinger’s Team, led by the talented Hannah Dipangrazio, a Sideline Cancer AAU Player, emerged victorious, claiming the championship and the coveted I Can Cup. The resilience and determination displayed by these young athletes mirrored the strength and courage needed to overcome the challenges faced by cancer patients every day.

Adding an extra layer of excitement to the Turkey Bowl, a special MVP award was presented to Lexi Peacock from Team Orange. Her outstanding performance on the field captured the hearts of fans, who voted for her via Instagram. The Turkey Bowl’s official trophy stood proudly as a symbol of the event’s growing significance and the community’s commitment to making a positive impact in the fight against cancer.

As the Sideline Cancer Turkey Bowl becomes a cherished tradition in Hollidaysburg, it not only brings joy and entertainment but also serves as a powerful vehicle for raising funds and awareness. The enthusiasm and support displayed by the participants and the community underline the potential for grassroots initiatives to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. With each touchdown and every dollar raised, Sideline Cancer and its supporters continue to prove that when a community comes together, incredible things happen.

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

October 6, 2023

Bellwood-Antis and Bishop Guilfoyle Play for Melody Plummer, Miranda Tornatore Crowned Queen, And Both Communities Raise $5,420

In a heartwarming display of unity and support, Bellwood-Antis High School recently hosted its “Bigger Than Football” Game on Homecoming Night for the second consecutive year. This tradition, known for its philanthropic efforts, aimed to raise funds for Melody Plummer, a beloved member of the Bellwood community courageously battling Colon Cancer.

Despite the challenging weather conditions – a relentless downpour from start to finish – the communities of Bellwood and Bishop Guilfoyle rallied together, setting a new record for Single Game Sales. The event saw an incredible 1,048 pieces of clothing sold, with every penny going towards supporting Melody in her fight against cancer.

The rain, though a hindrance to conventional fundraising methods, did little to dampen the spirits of the attendees. The true essence of the “Bigger Than Football” Game shone through as the communities demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the cause, turning adverse weather into an opportunity to showcase their collective strength and resilience.

The highlight of the evening came with the crowning of Miranda Tornatore as the Homecoming Queen. Miranda’s grace and charm captured the hearts of everyone present, making the announcement a fitting symbol of hope and positivity. Shortly after her coronation, the Homecoming Court revealed the awe-inspiring total of $5,420 raised throughout the event.

This incredible achievement would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of key individuals. Special thanks were extended to Ali Stinson from Bellwood and Anna Shrift from Bishop Guilfoyle, who played pivotal roles in organizing this special event. Their commitment to the cause and tireless efforts ensured the success of the “Bigger Than Football” Game.

In a thrilling culmination to the evening, Bishop Guilfoyle emerged victorious in the game and secured the coveted I Can Cup. The win added an extra layer of excitement to an already memorable night, showcasing the power of sports to unite communities for a greater cause.

The Bellwood-Antis and Bishop Guilfoyle communities have once again proven that their dedication to Sideline Cancer goes beyond the football field. This annual event has become a beacon of hope and inspiration, illustrating how a shared purpose can bring people together, even in the face of adversity. Melody Plummer’s journey is not just her own; it’s a collective effort, and the funds raised reflect the love and support that surrounds her. As these two perennial Sideline Cancer schools continue to make a difference, they remind us all that, together, we can triumph over life’s challenges.

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

September 21, 2023

College Volleyball Player, Catherine Milkovich Hosts Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Game, Remembers Her Late Father

In a heartfelt collaboration that unfolded in just three short weeks, Sideline Cancer and college volleyball player Catherine Milkovich joined forces to host a meaningful event—the Bigger Than Volleyball Game. This event, held in honor of Catherine’s late father, Steven John, aimed to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, the disease that tragically claimed his life.

The concept behind the Bigger Than Volleyball Game was elegantly simple: to shed light on the devastating impact of pancreatic cancer and pay tribute to Steven John’s memory. Catherine Milkovich, having witnessed her father’s battle with this formidable disease, felt compelled to use her platform to advocate for awareness and support.

The solidarity of the community was evident as players from both Mount Aloysius and Lycoming College rallied together for the cause. Sporting Sideline Cancer T-shirts, the players not only showcased their commitment to the fight against pancreatic cancer but also encouraged the audience to participate. Supporters in the stands joined the cause by making purchases, contributing to the collective effort to raise funds for cancer patients.

The competitive spirit reached its peak on the court, with Lycoming College emerging victorious in a gripping five-set thriller. The intensity of the game reflected the dedication of the players to the cause, creating an atmosphere charged with emotion and purpose.

In a moment of celebration and solidarity, Catherine Milkovich and her teammates marked their triumph by raising the I Can Cup in unison. This symbolic gesture served as a poignant reminder of the event’s overarching message: the “I Can Attitude & Believe Always Spirit” can triumph over life’s adversities, even in the face of the formidable foe that is pancreatic cancer.

The impact of Catherine Milkovich’s dedication to the cause resonated beyond the court, with her picture earning a prominent place on the @sideline.cancer Instagram account. By embodying the “I Can Attitude & Believe Always Spirit,” Catherine exemplifies the resilience and determination that define Sideline Cancer’s mission.

The Bigger Than Volleyball Game not only showcased the athleticism of the participating teams but also became a powerful platform for raising awareness about pancreatic cancer. Catherine Milkovich’s journey from a relative stranger to a pivotal advocate for Sideline Cancer underscores the profound impact that individuals can have when they come together for a greater cause. As we reflect on this event, we are reminded that through collective efforts and a resilient spirit, we can make strides in the fight against cancer and honor the memories of those we have lost.

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

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.

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