Friday, 15 March 2019 00:14

Howland community comes together to battle cancer

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HOWLAND - The last three months have been agonizing for the Ireland family. 

"It's been pretty hard but we always find ways to think of the positives," Lexie Ireland said. 


About 90 days ago Ireland and the rest of her family found out that her brother Reed has cancer. 


"When my dad was sick he kinda came up with the saying slow down and remember what's important and that's been our anthem for you know the 10 years that he's been gone and this kind of reminded us of that," Sami Ireland said.


Thursday night's beat cancer fundraiser raised funds for not only the Ireland family but also the Grey family. Eight-year-old Chandler Grey was diagnosed with cancer back in August. 


"Most definitely he's gotten better over the past couple of months there's still quite a ways to go, but he's definitely getting better than what he was." Grey's brother Carson said. 


Basketball is sacred in Howland and it only made sense to have it be a part of such an important cause. 


"Playing basketball kind of a relief for me anyway seeing everyone out here supporting my family and my brother it really made us feel good about that the town supports us so much," Lexie Ireland said.


While raffles and auctions were taking place off the court, games were taking place on the hardwood. Calais girls basketball formed a team with past players to take on the PVHS girls. Becky Ireland, who starred for the Blue Devils, played against her daughters and even blocked Emilee Ireland towards the end of the game. 


"She kept telling me, "Emilee shoot the ball" and I said "okay" and she blocked me," Emilee Ireland said with a smile.


In the end, it was all for one thing. To beat cancer. 


"Well it means a lot to everyone to support their friends family and people in their own town," Grey's brother Jullianna said.


"To me personally cancer is just a word anyone can beat it. It's just an illness," Carson Grey said. 


Event organizers said they expect to have fundraised around $10,000. 



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