Tuesday’s rivalry game between North and visiting South won’t count in the Western Reserve Conference standings and both teams have their sights set on claiming a victory off the court.
The Rangers and the Rebels will Volley for a Cure with all proceeds benefitting those affected by Colon Cancer.
For North coach Chelsey Regovich, the benefit game is a way to show support for her mother, Sharon, who was diagnosed with the disease.
“My mom has Colon Cancer and two players on the team, a brother and a mom, has it too,” Regovich said. “We figured we’d raise money to go toward Colon Cancer. We did Breast Cancer last year so we wanted to do something a little different to give back.”
Senior Maria Blatnik normally would be laser-focused heading into a match against the Rebels, but this time around she’s thinking more of her 23-year old brother, Daniel, and the battle he’s facing.
“I love the sport of volleyball, but this year my brother has been faced with the biggest battle of his life,” Blatnik said. “I have watched him be the bravest and strongest person I know as he fights to overcome Colon Cancer. I love my brother with all my heart and he is definitely my hero.”
To raise money, the Rangers and Rebels have joined together to create baskets for a raffle. Other items will be sold and a 50-50 drawing will be held to raise money for the fight against Colon Cancer.
This game, and others like it, benefit Cancer research, but they also enable communities to rally around a cause.
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