This Friday, October 5th, will mark the 11th year the much anticipated Prep/McDowell football game will have the added aspect of raising funds for cancer research in the form of the "Cureage Cup". The game will take place at Veterans Stadium beginning at 7pm. This year's game will be sponsored by UPMC Health Plan. As part of the sponsorship, the Children's Care Fund at Hamot Health Foundation will receive proceeds from the game. The Children's Care Fund is a versatile fund that helps defray costs for pediatric patients and their families, funds local school and community needs related to child health and safety, and funds state-of-the-art equipment, technology and therapy.
One direct recipient of this fund will be six-year old Liam Reitzell. Liam has Neurofibromatosis, also known as NF1. He is currently fighting a brain tumor that is damaging his vision. We are proud and excited that Liam will be our honorary captain for this year's Cureage Cup.
Tickets for the game are on sale at McDowell, Prep and Villa Maria and are priced at $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students. One extra dollar from the sale of those tickets goes towards the Children's Care Fund and cancer research. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid standing in the anticipated long lines as a huge crowd is expected for this matchup.
Since this fundraiser started in 2008, Cathedral Prep, McDowell and the Erie community have combined to raise more than $79,000 that has been presented to local organizations to fight cancer. As a community, we're excited to see that number go up this year!