Purple Community Blog

14 Sep 2018

Football Tackles Cancer

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Fall is in full swing here at Purple Community! What does fall mean? Football season!

We are honored to be a part of so manyamazing school fundraisers around the mitten this fall sports season. Our staff is looking forward to joining many teams under the lights andto see hope radiatebrightly throughout each of these communities.

Tonight we will be on the east side of the state in Clinton Township as Chippewa Valley High School supports cancer research. This annual event has raised a total $8,000 so far!

Chippewa Valley High School head coach, Scott Merchant, reflected on their purple game saying, “This is our 4th year having our Purple Cancer Awareness Game.  Our program has always done community service and we believe we are fortunate to be able to be involved with the game of football and that we can use it as a vehicle to give back.  In April of 2014, one of our players, Nick Ureel, passed away from cancer right before he was going to graduate.

While this obviously hit very close to home, cancer is so prevalent that everyone knows someone who has been impacted by it.  Therefore, we thought what better way to support so many than by dedicating a week of our football season to fighting cancer! This game is for all of those brave souls who are battling or have battled this terrible disease.  It’s about taking a stand, united as a community, against a common cause.  This week the opponent is cancer.”

On September 21, Unity Christian High School will be taking on South Christian High School for a Cancer Awareness Night. We are so honored to be one of the charity partners for this fun game right here in West Michigan! South Christian alone had an amazing contribution to research last season. Read about the community connection and motivation for their big success here.

On September 28, the biennial Otsego Purple Game is back! This community has raised over $70,000 for research since 2010! We are looking forward  being on site for their game day carnival to connect with families and friends of Otsego as they set their sights on raising over $30,000 this year, solidifying their spot on the Legacy Wall at VAI!

On October 13 we will be heading north to see Traverse City West High School host Gaylord as they tackle cancer. Each year the Titans host a pink out, offering glow sticks, t-shirts, jerseys and other apparel items for sale to color the crowd pink for cancer research!  Hearing the honorees over the intercom that these players are fighting warms our hearts from the fall chill in the air.

Thank you to the teams all over the state that let us be part of their season – you are bringing 100% HOPE to the caregivers, fighters and survivors of cancer across all of our communities!