Fort Wayne coaches team up to help beat cancer

The Coaches Versus Cancer program is more than 20 years old, but each year proves to be beneficial for the American Cancer Society.

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 7:23 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 1:21 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Purdue Fort Wayne Coach Jon Coffman invited some of Northeast Indiana's basketball teams to take it to the court to beat cancer.

"When I became the head coach 6 years ago, that's when we started this youth clinic. It combines 2 of my passions which are working with young people and raising money for the fight against cancer," Coffman said.

Coffman is no stranger to the impact of cancer losing his mother to breast cancer.

"My mother battled cancer for almost a decade. Unfortunately she passed away 12 years ago. I have a passion toward raising money for American Cancer Society as well as Coaches Versus Cancer," Coffman explained.

University of Saint Francis, Indiana Tech, and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are helping him teach kids b-ball techniques with the Coaches Versus Cancer event Sunday.

It gets the basketball teams connected with kids in the community while raising money for cancer research.

It's become a tradition for Karon Kujwa's family to be here.

Her family has also been impacted breast cancer.

"I think it's pretty impressive, that these men, these coaches and students are here impacting these children with their area of expertise," she said.

Coffman said there is no actual goal amount they are raising, they're just hoping this day is memorable enough that the children will want to become involved in helping raise money in the future.

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