Rivalry football game benefits a larger cause

The energy on display during the Clarkston Wolves football team’s win against the Lake Orion Dragons also played out for a greater, off-the-field cause.

The Oct. 8 12th Annual Football for a Cure game between the rivals results in thousands of dollars for local cancer-fighter families through the collaboration between the Clarkston Football Community and the McLaren Oakland Foundation, McLaren Clarkston and the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Clarkston.

The $2,879 raised has been donated to the hospital’s Cancer Resource Fund, which provides for the needs of families impacted by cancer, helping to ease the burden of non-medical expenses such as assisting with utility bill payments and transportation costs for patients at the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Clarkston.

“This event would not be possible without the continued dedication our community has to give back to neighbors in need,” said Carrie Wheeler, manager of the McLaren Clarkston Breast Center. “I am honored to continue to work within this generous community and collaborate with community members that have the same passion and vision to give back.”

Wheeler continued, noting that special thanks go to Clarkston Community Schools, parent volunteers Ericka Cloutier and Jennifer Ladd, and the volunteers who made the event a success.

The Clarkston Wolves team and community has a history of supporting the organizations and their cancer-fighting cause, with this game the latest in the growing tradition.