On Sept. 18, East Central and Lawrenceburg faced off at EC in an important Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference matchup. But the game was bigger than a conference rivalry. The night was dedicated to raising money for the fight against cancer.

This year, EC and head coach Cassie Laker changed the name to “Pass the Hope” to take the focus off of breast cancer only and bring awareness to all cancers. “Traditionally, we donated money to someone battling breast cancer in our community, but we felt that limiting ourselves to only breast cancer wasn’t serving our community in the best way we could,” Laker commented.

This time around, the two schools came together to raise $1,260.45 to donate to someone in the community battling some form of cancer. In the end, the committee decided to donate it to Janie McFarland, 7th and 8th-grade science teacher at Sunman-Dearborn Middle School.

McFarland, a mother of two (Emma and Hannah), has been fighting ovarian cancer for four years. She is currently on her sixth chemotherapy treatment and is seeking additional opinions at Chicago’s Cancer Center of America, Indiana University Cancer Research Center and Ohio State University Cancer Research Center.

“We are happy to be able to present her a check to help battle this terrible disease and continue to keep her in all our thoughts and prayers,” Laker stated.

The coach wished to thank the Lawrenceburg team, parents, and fans for helping make “Pass the Hope” night such a big success.

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