Basketball events to aid Bellin’s oncology center

11/18/2008

ASHWAUBENON — When the girls’ basketball teams at Ashwaubenon High School and De Pere High School take on Appleton West and Kimberly respectively, on Friday, the teams will be playing for much more than a winning score.

This weekend’s second annual Fox Valley Association versus the Fox River Classic Conference basketball event will benefit Bellin Health’s new oncology center. Organizers say they’ve designed the FVA vs. FRCC Challenge to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

“All of the schools and communities involved have been affected by this illness,” said Dave Steavpack, Ashwaubenon High School’s athletic director. “We’d like to take the opportunity this weekend to use this event to shine light on the issue of breast cancer.”

Tickets to the event – Ashwaubenon will play Appleton West at 6 p.m., while De Pere will take on Kimberly at 8 p.m. – will cost $4. All tickets can be purchased at the door. Both games are included on the ticket. The games will be played at the Kress Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Bellin Health will set up information booths and offer giveaways, all designed to educate attendees about breast cancer, treatment options and services offered at The Cancer Team.

At halftime of each game, the teams will collect donations to benefit The Cancer Team during its timed “Miracle Minute” event. Teams of players will run through the bleachers with pink buckets in hopes of collecting the most donations.

The Cancer Team is a 32,000-square-foot facility located at Bellin’s Ashwaubenon campus (corner of Commanche Ave. and Clive St.). It opened in 2008. The state-of-the-art facility eliminates the need for area patients to travel to university hospitals or larger cities in order to receive high-quality cancer care in one facility. It has expanded cancer treatments and technology currently provided to patients in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For more event information, please call Ashwaubenon High School at (920) 492-2950, Ext. 5333. For more information about The Cancer Team, please call, (920) 435-8326.