This past September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Millard West Cheer team held a youth cheerleading clinic for young Wildcats. Over 100 girls attended the clinic and learned a routine to perform at the varsity football game the next evening vs. Kearney.
In addition to giving the girls a fun cheerleading experience, the MW Cheer team used this opportunity to also support the Team Jack Foundation by raising research funds and awareness for childhood brain cancer throughout the football game. The girls shared childhood brain cancer facts, collected donations for the Team Jack Foundation at every entrance, sold raffle tickets for Team Jack swag and Rex Burkhead signed items, and held a split the pot raffle during the game.
When the two days were over, the Millard West Cheer team proudly raised nearly $1,100 for childhood brain cancer. These funds will help researchers develop kinder, more effective treatments with minimal side effects for kids with brain cancer.
Lyndsey Foster, mother of MW Cheerleader and one of the organizers for the event said, “We had an amazing night, and the girls did awesome at their performance! We are so honored to have a little part in helping and we are hoping we can continue to partner with Team Jack!”
Throughout the years, the Team Jack Foundation has relied on fundraisers like this one to help raise significant funds for the cause. The generosity of others and philanthropic energy from the Team Jack volunteers and supporters is truly valued by the organization and a vital part in the fight to end childhood brain cancer.