Dodgeball tournament raises money for cancer patients
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With a desire to make a difference in the lives of others, senior Cassie Jones took it upon herself to head up Together We Fight, an organization that raises money for cancer foundations through athletic events that involve five local schools, including Shores.
“I came up with the idea to start Together We Fight as I was looking through old pictures from when I was going through cancer,” said Jones, who had a Wilms tumor on her kidney in second grade but is now in remission. “I realized I really wanted to find a way to give back and help other people that may be going through the same thing I did. I wanted to find a way to contribute to finding a cure and helping the cause.”
On March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the first event, a dodgeball tournament, was held in the three Shores gyms. The fee to participate was $10 per team member. Donations were also accepted.
“I came up with dodgeball because the event took place when the weather outside was cold, so I needed to use an indoor sport, and dodgeball is something that interests a lot of students,” said Jones, who is planning a beach volleyball tournament in May.
Together We Fight partnered with Shores’ student senate to make the event possible.
“The most challenging part of the event was getting other schools aware of the event,” Jones said. “Posters were made, and I talked to most of the schools’ leader of their student senate, but it was still difficult to get all of the students to know on a wider range.”
The first event included eight teams, with participation coming from Shores, Reeths-Puffer, Muskegon, and Muskegon Catholic Central.
“The most rewarding part of the event was seeing how willing everyone was to come together regardless of what school they come from and participate in an event all for a common cause,” Jones said. “It was also really cool to see how much fun everyone had at the event.”
Overall, $550 was raised with proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation.
“I chose Make a Wish Foundation because they do everything they can to make sure kids who are diagnosed with cancer get to fulfill their dream,” Jones said. “Kids with cancer may often feel a loss of hope that they will no longer be able to achieve their dreams, but Make A Wish makes sure those dreams come true.”