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“Shootin’ for a Cure” reaches 10 years of age

posted Jan 29, 2020, 3:29 AM by Michael Richards   [ updated Jan 29, 2020, 1:55 PM ]
In 2010, Wells High School Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Don Abbott started a fundraiser to help support breast cancer awareness and care.   As of January 18, 2020 that fundraiser, Shootin’ for a Cure, has raised over $293,000 for York Hospital’s Living Well With Cancer Program. 

Over the past decade, grade 5-12 student-athletes in the Girls Basketball program have raised money primarily with pledges.  Then, for one day each January, fulfilled those pledges by participating in several hours of basketball free-throw competition.   On January 18th, Shootin’ for a Cure held its eleventh free throw session with 55 athletes raising $23,000.  As in previous years, a large ceremonial check was presented later that day to York Hospital representatives. This time, the check presentation was held prior to a Girls Varsity Basketball game with Traip Academy.

Four months prior on September 12, 2019, York Hospital officials dedicated the hospital’s Breast Care Center in Wells in honor of Shootin’ for a Cure and all of its past and present participating athletes and organizers who helped to make this significant achievement possible.

Shootin’ for a Cure is managed by a committee of volunteers comprised of several Wells-Ogunquit CSD staff members including Coach Abbott.   On October 2, 2019, the Shootin’ for a Cure Committee (SFAC) members and several current participants in the Girls Basketball program were recognized by the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee for their dedication to the Wells Girls Basketball program  Presenting certificates of achievement to them were Committee Chair Helena Ackerson and District Superintendent James Daly.  

Shooting for a Cure 2019
The Shootin’ for a Cure Committee:  In the back from the left are Pierce Cole, Kevin Fox, Don Abbott, Cheryl Turner, Darcy Ramsdell, Franny Ramsdell (participant in Girls Basketball), and WOCSD School Committee Chair Helena Ackerson.  In front (l to r) are other participants in the current Girls Basketball program: Marina Villator, Kirra Villator, Alivia Boucher, Cosette (Coco) Allaire and Ava Kreie.

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