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East Fairmont Junior High Holds Inaugural Cancer Awareness Game

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FAIRMONT -

A Marion County School decided to use one of its biggest games of the year to make a difference.

East vs. West usually sparks the word rivalry. 

While both teams want that win, they each want to help those who are battling cancer in our area anyway they can.

"We do have families in our school that have parents that are suffering from cancer and we also have some students who are facing that battle as well," said East Fairmont Junior High School Principal Christy Miller.

The East Fairmont Junior High School seventh and eighth Grade Basketball teams found a way to raise awareness for cancer in the area.

"There's another mom on our team that has cancer too," said Basketball Player Emily Shaw. "We figured we wanted to do something for everything."

That "something they wanted to do" was to host its Inaugural Cancer Awareness Game against rival, West Fairmont.

Both teams wore a little bit of pink and purple to support the cause.

"For the most part we are all friends with West Side," Shaw said. "All of us have friends at the school. Just with sports we get competitive."

The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the Mary Babb Cancer Center at West Virginia University.

"The basketball team is doing some other things through T-shirt sales and other events so that we can give a nice donation to the Mary Babb Cancer Center," Principal Miller said.

Parents said it's really special to see the basketball team come together for such an important cause.

"There's three moms that have been cancer survivors and have been sick and it's dear to girls hearts," said EFJS Parent Brandi Meighan.

Miller said this is the first year they have done the Cancer Awareness game, but they would like to make it a yearly tradition.