BRADFORD COUNTY (WETM)- Across the Twin Tiers there are plenty of sports rivalries. Every team has a game they circle on their calendar as soon as their season schedule comes out. But when real life situations occur, that’s when you see communities and athletic programs come together stronger then ever.
On Friday, Sept 20, Athens Area High School will be hosting a “Gold Out” football game in support of kids fighting cancer. The community has came together to fund two individual families that are fighting the hardest fights of their lives.
The beneficiaries of Friday nights event will be little Ariah Cook and Seeley Carlin.
Ariah (6 years if age) was diagnosed with brain cancer, anaplastic astrocytoma , in January of this year. She has undergone surgery, radiation, and chemo as her family continues by her side during her battle.
Seeley was diagnosed with leukemia, acute lymphoblastic, but the family recently happily announced that his bone marrow biopsy came back negative for cancer meaning he will now begin his remission process.
Seeley still has a long road ahead, as he still will be required to do a lot more chemo treatments to assure the cancer never returns.
Alongside the community supporting the “Kids against Cancer” cause is Canton High School athlete Timmy Ward.
Timmy was diagnosed with Hodkins Lymphoma last year. But after his hard fought battle he is now in remission. His goal is to return to High School football in the Fall of 2020 but in the mean time he wants to help out those who are going through the same horrific situation he just overcame.
Kick off for the “Gold Out” football game is Friday, Sept 20, at 7:00 PM. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Cook and Carlin family.