MENDON, Ill. -- The Unity Mustangs will be looking to stomp out cancer when they visit Palmyra High School in Palmyra, Mo., for upcoming boys and girls basketball matchups.
Unity High School's annual "Stomp Out Cancer" event raises money for the Blessing Cancer Center. Beth Cash, a Unity High School paraprofessional and organizer of the event, said the school has held the event for several years and it is looking to add more to the fundraiser this year.
The event, scheduled Dec. 15, will open with the senior class' spaghetti dinner, held to raise money for the senior class trip. There will be a freewill donation bake sale, raffle and other events. Art students are making a banner on which people can write the names of loved ones affected by cancer. Blessing Hospital will have an informational table.
"It's a busy time of year, with everything going on," Cash said. "Hopefully the community can come out and support it."
The cause is near to Cash's heart. Her mother-in-law has been diagnosed with cancer, and she lost her father and many friends to the disease.
"It touches anyone and everyone," she said, "and Blessing has undoubtedly helped someone you know."
Stomp Out Cancer is held on a night when both the boys and girls basketball teams play, which is why it is being held at Palmyra High School. Cash said Palmyra fans are more than welcome to participate.
Commemorative short- and long-sleeved T-shirts bearing the Unity High School mustang emblem and the words "Stomp Out Cancer" are available from Press Yours on You in Camp Point and at pressyoursonu.com. Orders placed before Dec. 8 will be delivered to Unity High School for pickup. The shirts will be available for pickup at the school Dec. 14.
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