Mary Hogan, Elaine Bender and I are writing to give our appreciation to the Marietta and Williamstown football teams, students from both schools, and both communities for supporting Marietta Memorial Hospital Strecker Cancer Center.
On Sept. 13, Marietta and Williamstown high schools played their "Rumble on the River" football game. "Rumble on the River" T-shirts were sold prior to the game. During the football game, students from both Marietta and Williamstown high schools collected money from the crowd attending the game. Over $3,500 was raised, with all the money being donated to the Marietta Memorial Hospital Strecker Cancer Center Indigent Fund.
Most people do not realize the financial toll cancer has on patients and their families. There are a lot of additional expenses that insurance does not cover. Money for gas reimbursement to drive to appointments (sometimes daily) is just one example.
We appreciate everyone who made this event a success. We also want to commend the students of both football teams again for working together, putting their rivalries aside, and showing great sportsmanship. We know it wasn't easy, but remembering the goal - of bringing two communities together to raise money for the cancer center shared by both communities - means so much for all the patients who are cared for at the Strecker Center.