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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -
Local high school basketball teams helped raise money for cancer research Friday night.
They played in a special tournament at D.C. Everest High School. A tradition that started back in 2008. But this year's event means a little bit more.
Daryl Pries is used to organizing this basketball tournament, to help raise money for cancer.
"Our crew five years ago kind of took on this event on a whim just to be involved more with charity," is Pries.
But this year, it means a little more.
"We're also recognizing a fellow official and a friend of mine, Tom Kislow, who passed away in march after losing a short four and a half battle with stage four lung cancer," said Pries.
Tom Kislow was a former athletic director and dean of students at Antigo High School. He was well known around the area. Because of that many people showed up tonight to D.C. Everest High School to honor him.
"There's a lot of people in our lives that have cancer, everybody has to at least know somebody especially for it to be an athletic director, those directly affect students so it's important for us to get research done and raise money for it," said Ellie Hrdina.
The event features girls' basketball teams from Wausau West, Antigo, Rhinelander and D.C. Everest High. Money is raised from donations at the door, and from a silent auction.
Ellie Hrdina is a senior at Wausau West. She says this event means a lot.
"It's cool that we're going to use our game to bring people in and get money too," said Hrdina.
Many playing in the tournament knew Kislow.
"It's always exciting when we're going to do something like this especially when we're doing it for a purpose, but it's also hard because this is the first game that Tom won't be here," said Pries.
But Pries says it makes him more determined than ever to raise money and find a cure, for the disease that killed his friend.
The event lasts until Saturday. Doors open at 5 Saturday night with Wausau West playing against Antigo. And the final game at 8 with Rhinelander against D.C. Everest.
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