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Members Lincoln-Way West boys girls soccer teams gather Silver Cross Hospital New Lenox where they presented $1314.50 donatifor cancer research

Members of the Lincoln-Way West boys and girls soccer teams gather at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where they presented a $1,314.50 donation for cancer research raised by soccer teams at West and Lincoln-Way North. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:10AM



Lincoln-Way West High School soccer players recently presented their donation to Silver Cross Hospital to be used for prostate cancer and breast cancer research.

The money was raised at two soccer matches between the boys and girls teams of West and Lincoln-Way North. They donated $1,314.50 to Larry Johnson, vice president of Silver Cross Hospital. The Prostate Cancer Awareness game played by the boys took place Oct. 4, 2011. The Breast Cancer Awareness game played by the girls took place on May 9, 2012.

It was a cooperative effort between the two high schools to promote awareness of the diseases and to raise money for research.

“The proceeds ... were raised through a raffle, which took place at the halftime of the varsity games,” West boys and girls soccer coach Jeff Theiss said. “Prizes were collected as donations from parents, athletes and local businesses, along with the Chicago Red Stars and the Chicago Fire professional soccer teams.”

West student-athletes delivered the donation, representing West and North.

“After the students donated all proceeds from the prostate cancer and breast cancer awareness games, Larry Johnson offered to take the students on a tour of the new Silver Cross Hospital,” Theiss said. “Of course, our students were very interested.

“The student-athletes were amazed at all the new technology Silver Cross has to offer, along with the amount of thought and planning they put into making the experience of each patient as comforting and efficient as possible.”

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