Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Receipts and donations continue to pile up from the Drive Out Cancer Challenge between the Cony and Gardiner high school athletic teams. Gardiner athletic director Jeff Turnbull didn’t have an exact figure of receipts to date but there’s a good chance they’ll exceed the nearly $19,000 raised two years ago in Gardiner.
All proceeds go to the Harold Alfond Cancer Center in Augusta.
Monday night the soccer teams played while the cross country teams held a relay along the Kennebec River Trail and the golf teams staged a putting contest. Turnbull said Friday night’s football game, which kicked off the challenge, drew more than 3,500 fans.
Honorary captains, who have dealt with cancer, are chosen for each event. Monday night’s captains were Bill Ottman for Cony girls soccer and Nancy Hicks for the Gardiner girls. Ottman, who raised six children who went to Cony, was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago and is currently cancer free. Hicks was diagnosed with breast canter this year, and will finish radiation treatments this fall. Her outlook has been labeled positive.
Art Warren was named honorary captain for Gardiner boys soccer team. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and is has spread to his ribs and he’s currently receiving treatment at the Alfond Cancer Center. He is also fighting a battle with ALS.
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine