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Football game raises money, awareness for fight against cancer

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

One Friday night football game shed a light on the battle against cancer.

Freeland faced off against Alma in the seventh annual Clash for a Cure game to raise funds to fight cancer.

Freeland work pink jerseys and Alma wore pink socks.

"It's a huge game. It's a lot of fun," said Eric Tyson, cancer survivor. "It means the world to see everyone come out here."

Tyson is a senior on Freeland's team. He knows too well about the cancer battle. He was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer at 3-years-old. Tyson received treatment and surgery and is now free of the deadly disease.

However. his cousin Brandon Turner was 27-years-old when the disease took his life.

"It is a wonderful thing knowing that Brandon is remembered. He and Eric had a special relationship," said Mary Turner, Brandon's mom.

Tyson wore his cousin's name on the back of his jersey at Friday's game. His teammates also worse the names of loved ones struck by cancer as a symbolic way to show they will continue the fight.

"A lot of families have been hit with cancer, but it's nice to know that there are others who are concerned and are doing things about it. So it makes a big difference," said Tim Turner, Brandon's dad.

Freeland's Clash for a Cure game has raised more than $100,000 to help find a cure during its seven years.

As for Tyson, he knows the battle is far from over.

"I'm hoping that we can keep fighting, raise money and hopefully find something where we don't have to worry about it anymore," he said.

Beckett Zehnder, 6, wore his favorite jersey to the game with his name on the back. He had a four year battle with leukemia.

"It's a gut-wrenching, scary, scary thing because people die from this disease and to have a child have to go through the treatments he has to go through," said Krista Zehnder, Beckett's mother.

Beckett was an honorary captain of the game.

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