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Fight for Alex

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
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The Fillmore Central girls basketball team is used to fighting for a win. Now, together with their coach, Sarah Tollefsrud, and their parents, they are fighting again….for Alex.

Alex Scrabeck, son of Devin and Terisa Scrabeck, is a sophomore at Fillmore Central High School who has recently been diagnosed with a form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma called Lymphoblastic t-cell lymphoma. Alex, who is described by Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad as “very easy-going, very personable, and liked by all” will have many people fighting for him through his battle with cancer.

Coach Sarah Tollefsrud had been planning on holding a Coaches vs. Cancer event which she explains is “a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”

It was around this time that Sarah learned of Alex’s diagnosis. She talked with her basketball girls along with their parents and together they decided that they should honor Alex that evening instead of the Coaches vs. Cancer event.

Many of the girls basketball players are friends and classmates of Alex and Sarah thinks it touches them a lot more to know they are doing this for a friend of theirs. “Fighting for Alex” has rallied the basketball team together and brought them closer together due to their common goal of doing what they can to help a friend.

Coach Tollefsrud states, “We like to teach life-long lessons and leadership skills, basketball is just a game, but being part of a team and doing something that can benefit someone else…and doing that together is something these girls will remember for a long time.” Alex and his family are sure to remember the thoughtful actions of others forever as well.

The “Fight for Alex” fundraiser will take place at the Fillmore Central High School, 145 Main Street in Harmony, Minn., on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The event will happen during the Fillmore Central Falcons vs. Rushford-Peterson Trojans girls basketball game.

The event will have items for sale to show support for Alex. The color theme for the “Fight for Alex” is lime green, so there will be lime green bracelets available. Lime green ribbons will also be on hand with Alex’s name on them for people to purchase for one dollar and the ribbons will be “hung in the gym on the Wall of Hope to honor those that have been affected by cancer,” said Sarah.

The basketball girls will be wearing lime green socks and t-shirts to honor Alex the night of the benefit and t-shirts will also be available for purchase so the hope is that there will be a “sea of lime green” at the game to show Alex how much support he has and how many people care about him and his family.

An additional part of the “Fight for Alex” will be bucket raffles which will start at 4:30. People can buy a raffle ticket at a cost of one dollar each or six tickets for five dollars and then place the tickets into the buckets that correspond with the items they would like to win. Drawings for the raffle items will be held at half-time of the varsity game that evening.

A live auction will also take place during half-time of the girls game which will be a fun and exciting event for all in attendance. Sarah Tollefsrud says that many items have been donated for the auction including restaurant gift certificates, Thirty-One items, toys, and blankets to name just of few of the interesting articles people will be able to bid on. Items for the live auction are still coming in and if anyone is interested in donating items contact Donna Scheevel or Kari Broadwater.

Sarah has had no problem rounding up volunteers to help coordinate the “Fight for Alex” event, saying that they have had “tremendous support and response from our parents.” Coach Tollefsrud is impressed that “so many of them have taken on responsibilities and have put forth effort in getting donations and organizing this,” she said.

Coach Tollefsrud and the other organizers of the “Fight for Alex” have received outstanding support from the communities and businesses in the area. Sarah states, “Words cannot express how supportive the community and businesses have been,” and added, “Our local businesses have been very generous and we appreciate their help.”

While showing their support and positive feelings towards Alex everyone involved with the “Fight for Alex” also gets a positive rebound. Coach Tollefsrud says, “It’s such an overwhelming and fantastic feeling to have so many people come together to help someone in our community.” With all of the support behind Alex, the “Fight for Alex” event is sure to be a slam dunk. Alex’s mom, Terisa, says that Alex is “very excited” for the “Fight for Alex” event on February 12, and hopes that Alex will be feeling well enough to attend.

All proceeds from the “Fight for Alex” will be given to the Alex Scrabeck family to help with hospital costs. For more information contact Sarah Tollefsrud at Fillmore Central High School. Donations can be sent to the Alex Scrabeck family or Devin and Terisa Scrabeck, 450 5th Street NE, Harmony, Minn. 55939 .

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