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image Players, coaches and parents from Grantsville High School raised $2,550 to donate to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.

November 2, 2022
GHS Volleyball Cancer Fundraiser Nets $2,550

Pass, Set and Kill Cancer was the theme of Grantsville’s annual “Pink Night” fundraiser to raise money to fight cancer. The event was held Sept. 29 in conjunction with the Cowboys’ volleyball game against Morgan High School. Weeks of preparation put in by the players, coaches and parents resulted in $2,550 being raised to donate to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake. 

The team partnered with the nonprofit organization, Swing For Life, that was founded by breast cancer survivor and high school volleyball coach, Kathy Howa, to provide a way for teams to donate 100% of their fundraising dollars to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

All funds were raised through a silent auction, a live auction of a volleyball signed by all the Grantsville players (selling for $600), and “Kash for Kills (and other Skills). The players and their families each donated an item to the silent auction. Some baked cakes, another offered a full crepe breakfast for six, others sewed amazing quilts and blankets and yet others created fun gift baskets. 

The variety and quality of the items was widely received. In the “Kash for Kills’’ fundraiser, players collected pledges for different volleyball skills, for example, $5 per ace or $3 per serve. 

Overall, it was a night where the players were able to use their skills and abilities to help those in need. 

Before the varsity game began, three local cancer warriors were honored. Susan Hinckley, Jackie Allen and Adrienne Berrett were each recognized for their bravery, courage and perseverance displayed while battling cancer. Team member Aliyah Fernandez’s uncle, who passed away recently, was also recognized posthumously. 

Coach Kelbey Fisher shared his thoughts on the event and the impact it had on the team, cancer survivors and the overall cause. 

“Thursday evening was a great night,” Fisher said. “I’m very grateful for the parents who organized the cancer awareness recognition and events.” 

Fisher added that the opportunity to give back as a team help them bond on a deeper level, on and off the court.

“(These are) moments that these volleyball players will remember and help understand the importance of a “team” is more than just sports,” he said. “In any battle of life, it is important to have a team who will help you fight through anything.”

Adrienne Berrett, a volleyball parent, breast cancer survivor, organizer for the fundraiser and surprised honoree said the effort by the players was amazing and a result of their hard work.

“I was treated at Huntsman and have seen firsthand the research and work they put in to improve treatments and survival rates for cancer survivors,” Berrett said. “It was an honor to be spotlighted by the team and feel their love and support — not only for me — but also for my daughter Brooklyn, who is on the team.”

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