Coaches vs. Cancer

| February 15, 2013
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A special basketball game will be held at Fort Osage Friday evening.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Boys Basketball Coach Josh Wilson:

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They will face off against Raytown High School at 5:30 and 7:00.

Wilson said the fundraiser has personal significance.  “I’ve lost family member, and one my assistant coaches in college passed away from cancer.  And my head coach in college, my father, my uncle, all have had cancer and been able to survive that,” said Wilson, “And we have multiple athletes on our teams that, their mothers or father have had breast cancer, they’ve had different types of cancer and been able to overcome that.  So it’s a great way to show the kids to give back to the community.”

The game will be held next Friday.  T-shirts and cards for the “Wall of Hope” are currently on sale at the school.  All proceeds will go to Coaches versus Cancer, which is affiliated with the American Cancer Society.  More information is available at

Press Release from the Fort Osage School District

February 15th will be Fort Osage’s 6th annual Suits and Sneakers game. To help raise awareness and funds to fight cancer, Fort Osage High School Boys Basketball coach Josh Wilson and his team, are selling “Wall of Hope” cards. These cards will be on sale for $1.00 and can be purchased from Coach Wilson. The cards will be displayed at the high school.

This year the team will also be selling Lavender colored t-shirts. The shirts are $10 and the money raised is donated to Coaches vs. Cancer. Please contact Coach Wilson as (816) 650-7260 or for ordering info for the shirts or a name to be included on the Wall of Hope card. The t-shirts will be delivered February 13th and money will be due then. Please make checks to FOHS or the American Cancer Society.

Suits and Sneakers is a national event that is designed to raise awareness about Coaches vs. Cancer and the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. Coaches and coaching staff nationwide are encouraged to wear sneakers with their suits while coaching games during this weekend to remind basketball audiences about the many ways people can reduce their risk of cancer, like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices, and following the American Cancer Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines. The event is promoted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. Cancer impacts everyone – our family members, neighbors and friends, coworkers, and even students. When a diagnosis is received, teamwork – from the patient, caregiver, and physician – is required to successfully fight the disease. Similarly, Coaches vs. Cancer utilizes teamwork to battle cancer. Throughout the nation, high school coaches are joining the Coaches vs. Cancer movement and engaging their team, student body, school, and community in this important battle.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the Society save lives by educating and empowering people to avoid cancer or find it early, helping people facing cancer make decisions and overcome obstacles in their personal fight investing in research that yields groundbreaking discoveries into cancer’s causes and cures and helping pass laws that fight cancer and keep our communities healthy. To learn more about Coaches vs. Cancer, visit or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

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