Central's Coaches vs Cancer games to aid their teacher and her Relay for Life team

CORINTH, MAINE (WABI) - Basketball has proven to be a way to help fight Cancer locally.

Central high school will contribute at their next games for one of their teachers…. Karen Girvan.

“The Coaches vs. Cancer game we're really doing for Miss Girvan. She was my class adviser before she left,” says Central senior Lexi Reardon, “I was with her my freshman, sophomore, and junior year and the beginning of my senior year she really impacted me. Like my whole high school career. It just means a lot to me and I'm glad we can do this game for her.”

“Miss Girvan was a really big impact on my life all through high school,” says Central senior Alyse Campbell, “She really pushes me to get my grades in she pushes me to do my work. It's really helpful as a senior graduating now that she help me so much to be where I am today.”

During the boys game tomorrow night Aly Shaw and Emily Cohen will shoot free throws. Each make earns money for Girvan's Relay for Life team. The boys have two shooters who will go for three pointers during the girl’s game at the half on Saturday afternoon. Trying to do the same thing. Basketball for a cause.

“Like we play for Heal Points and we play for ourselves. Like to win,” says Central senior Rachael Smith, “But when we're playing for somebody else, it's just so much bigger than that. It makes it worth way more than just the Heal Points.”

And it makes sense to all the players. Cancer has impacted these players directly in their families too.

“When my brother was little he had Cancer and it really impacted my whole family with it. Then my teacher gets cancer for the second time,” says Central senior Madi Speed, “She's lost like many of her family members. I know that. So, it really like impacts my life. And everyone around us. The whole community.”

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“To know that we have a game that's like representative for them it's very important,” says Speed.

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All proceeds from Central's Coaches vs. Cancer event go to Girvan's Relay for Life team: “Curious for a Cure.”

It was started by Girvan's late niece and her parents in 2000. Curious comes from her niece's favorite book Curious George.

Relay for Life is May 18th at Cameron Stadium in Bangor.