Clash for a Cure game in Freeland brings awareness to cancer - WNEM TV 5

Clash for a Cure game in Freeland brings awareness to cancer

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Playing under the Friday night lights is a special feeling for high school football players and on Friday night in Freeland, the game took on an even bigger meaning.

The pink jerseys worn by the Falcons are a statement.

Friday night's game was the fourth annual Clash for a Cure match. While the emotions were still high for the game itself, what the game represented helped put everything in perspective.  From the players to the fans in the stands, the game was all about cancer awareness.

"It's really a great time to come out and honor those that are fighting cancer, and also to have the moment of memory for those who we've lost," said John Trimble.

For the Trimble family, Friday night was near and dear to their heart.  John Trimble lost his mother in May of 2012 after a five year fight against cancer. His son Spencer, who wore number 53 for the Falcons, played in her honor.

"He can be an emotional guy, he's on that roller coaster," said John Trimble.

Kathleen Doyle and her husband Bill Doyle also know what the emotional roller coaster is all about. She has survived cancer twice and he's fought it three times. On Friday, they were in Freeland to support their grandson.

"Still the cancer patients need support in any way it can come to them, so they survive, and we beat cancer," said Kathleen Doyle.

Money raised Friday night by T-shirt sales, ticket sales, raffles, and other donations all go to local cancer research and patient support organizations. And those who were at the game know the importance of keeping cancer awareness in everyone's mind.

"People in the community all know somebody who's been touched by it, so all the names you see out there, they hit home," said Carrie Deshone, who was at the game.

At the time this was posted, we didn't know how much was raised at Friday's game. But since the Clash for a Cure started four years ago, more than $62,000 has been donated to local organizations fighting cancer.

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