The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


September 15, 2012

Teams join forces for cancer fundraiser

HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston Area/Bismarck-Henning and Danville High School varsity and junior varsity soccer teams will host their second annual “Kick Cancer” game at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 in Hoopeston.

John Klaber, Hoopeston Area/Bismarck-Henning soccer coach, credited Chris Griffin, Danville soccer coach, with the idea for the annual event.

“It clearly isn’t an original idea as many schools and sports are doing it,” Griffin said. “Last year, my team and I went to the DHS girls volleyball game to support them on their ‘Spike Cancer’ night and I simply wondered, ‘Why don’t we do this?’ I spoke to a couple of parents and to coach Klaber and it was on.”

Last year $3,510.50 was raised before and during the soccer game, according to Griffin. It was split equally between Provena Regional Cancer Center and a Danville family that had two members stricken with cancer. One was a Danville High School student, said Griffin.

The host school decides which organization, or persons, receives the donation for that year.

“The money is intended to help in the fight against breast cancer. Basically we decided that whoever hosts the event will be in charge of setting everything up,” Klaber said. “This year we will be donating all the money to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute.”

The teams will be selling pink, “Kick Cancer” T-shirts before and at the game for $20. To pre-order a T-shirt, contact Barb Neutzmann at (217) 799-0655 or

The Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana is dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of breast cancer through collaborative research and excellence in patient care, according to its mission statement.

Doug and Linda Mills made a generous gift to The Carle Development Foundation to name the Mills Breast Cancer Institute. Mrs. Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. She aggressively fought breast cancer until it went into remission, only to have it return 10 years later. She lost her fight in 2006.

The Institute said that “through her generous gift, she leaves behind a legacy of hope and health that will benefit women for generations to come.”

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