Ellison High School athletes raise more than $2,000 for breast cancer research, treatment

Posted at 9:48 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 22:55:58-04

Some Ellison High School athletes are doing their part to help in the fight against breast cancer. 

Over the last few weeks, members of the football team and girl's volleyball team at Ellison High School in Killeen have been raising money for breast cancer research and treatment. 

On Monday, they were able to donate a check worth over $2,000 to the Metroplex Foundation at Metroplex Hospital.  

The head football coach Todd Wright said he told his players that they could not wear pink without giving back and it was important that the money went to the community they love. 

“We looked at some national chains but, what I really wanted was for our kids to give money to something local. So, they feel like their parents get something out of it and you know their grandparents. So, they could really feel and not just say hey we’re sending it to the national stage,” said Wright. 

After hearing what the football team was doing, the girl's volleyball team quickly joined their cause.  

Some of the players say they're not just following their teammates, they are also raising the money because the fight hits close to home.

“People like my grandma, my mom, they had to go through or they are going through it. I’m pleased to say that some of them have survived. Just having like the team come together and be able to donate money for breast cancer awareness. From early detection to mammograms for people that can’t afford it, it means a lot,” said wide receiver Andrew Long.   

The two teams were able to donate over $2,000 with the money they raised from selling pink ribbon helmet stickers and pink wristbands.   

All of the money will go to the Metroplex Foundation at Metroplex Hospital to help with the cost of breast cancer screenings and research. 

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