The UW-La Crosse football and dance team teamed up together for the 12th annual Rob Wagner Cancer Benefit. The benefit consisted of group dances choreographed by the dance team providing laughs and smiles for all.
However, this event was more than just funny performances. Many of the dancers and football players are personally affected by cancer.
" My grandma passed away from cancer like six or seven years a go, and that's why I started," Football Defensive End Tate Miller said.
" My dad had cancer," Dance Team Captain Maddie Hoy said. " He was diagnosed I think two years now, and so I was doing this event even before that happened, but it just kind of makes it even more special when you are personally affected by it, especially a loved one, and I know a lot of the members here are affected by it."
This event is named after Former UW-La Crosse Football Player Rob Wagner. Wagner was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2006. At the time, he was a sophomore on the football team. Some of Wagner's teammates created this event in order to raise money for Wagner's medical expenses. This event has only grown, and Wagner is overwhelmed with joy at how it continues to grow.
" Not a lot of people would understand this, but I would go through it ten times over again knowing that this would happen," Wagner said.
Over the course of the years, this event has raised over 60 thousand dollars in helping students fight cancer. This year's proceeds benefit the Macc Fund, which is dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.
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