Eastern Cloverbelt schools rally to battle cancer



High school students Ryan Dieringer and Will Maki were once two athletes, attending two different schools, whose main concern was to get through school and succeed in sports. When cancer came their way, it became not only their fight, but a fight for the entire Eastern Cloverbelt Conference.
To show their support, spread awareness about pediatric bone cancer and raise money for the Marshfield Clinic Pediatric Oncology Fund, the ECC is hosting the Cloverbelt Conquers Cancer event. The event is taking place over a period of nine basketball games, with each school in the conference hosting one of those games. Their next game is a boys and girls double-header at Greenwood starting at 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 24 against Loyal.
This is the first year of the event, which kicked off on Dec. 20 in Owen-Withee, Will’s hometown. Each game will host a blind auction and raffles to fight pediatric cancer, with the goal to raise $20,000. At the final game at Marshfield Columbus Catholic on Feb. 7, half the money raised will be presented to Marshfield Clinic and the other half presented to Will, who is still battling cancer.

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