Wausau West basketball teams raise money for cause
WAUSAU (WAOW)--The Wausau West boy's and girl's basketball teams hit the hardwood Friday night. The Warriors weren't just aiming for a win, they were raising money for a cause that hits close to home.
Brock McMullen is a Wausau West alum, and in 2010, he was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
"It was about a six month process," McMullen recalls. "I was able to recover and beat it," he said.
Now, he is an assistant coach for the Wausau West boy's basketball team. He says he could not be more honored by the support of the community.
"For them to continue to do it just shows the continued support that this school has for cancer research and cancer support," McMullen said.
The teams sold T-shirts and had raffles to raise money for the cause. But coaches say having a former player that battled cancer makes the event more personal.
"Someone they knew so close and who had just graduated. They saw him in the gym, they say him with the other boys. It made a big impact. They learned a lot from it. They learned anyone can be touched by this disease," said Patrick Galligan, Wausau West girl's basketball coach.
Galligan said last year's event raised $3,700. But this year, he said they aren't necessarily making a goal.
"We figure any money we bring in is good money to help out people in need, to help out people in researching this disease. So whatever we bring in, we don't worry about totals. This is the one time we are not going to keep score," Galligan said.
Coordinators of this event say any way to raise money and awareness is a good thing. Coaches at Wausau West say they hope to hold the event again next year.