JHS girls lacrosse to host special event

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown girls lacrosse team will host its Coaches vs. Cancer game against Clinton on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and is looking for everyone to wear gray attire for the occasion.

“The coach from Clinton was so honored to be in this game with us, they too just lost a beloved assistant coach who had been battling thyroid cancer for some time, and unfortunately succumbed to their illness this year.” Johnstown coach Denise Benton said in a news release. “The coach was so excited to participate.”

Benton lost her mother to brain cancer in October after she was diagnosed with the disease in August.

“This disease, like any fatal disease, leaves a terrible impact on families and loved ones,” Benton said in the release. “Losing my mom to this horrid disease, and simply not having enough time to help her, I felt like I needed to do something to help others, and to heal. The opportunity to host a Coaches vs. Cancer game titled Go Gray For May, raising money for cancer research and raising awareness is just one little way of making something positive happen out of something so negative.”

In 2011, 1,510 New Yorkers were diagnosed with brain cancer and 810 individuals lost their battle, the release said.

The girls team will sell awareness cards at school for $1, and the day of the game, they will make a HOPE wall in school. They also will take donations at the door, and have a concession stand, with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

The Team hopes to raise at least $250.

“It may not seem like much money, but every penny helps and we want to see more and more people celebrate birthdays and holidays with their loved ones,” Benton said in the release. “We hope that everyone wears gray on the day of that game, to celebrate the Go Gray For May message. We’d like to take a picture of the crowd and send it in to the ACS with our donation. We look forward to a great day.”