All efforts matter when it comes to finding a cure for breast cancer.
Glencoe is a small town located in northern Payne county in Oklahoma. As of 2010, the town’s population is estimated to be around 601 people. But despite their modest community, the citizens of Glencoe has raised over $30,000 for breast cancer research.
In 2010, Glencoe joined the Coaches vs. Cancer program initiated by the American Cancer Society. In their maiden year, the Glencoe Panthers raised $486 for the cause. This modest amount propelled the Panthers to strive harder in the coming years, resulting in over $30,000 in donations for their 7-year run.
The ACS recognized the school for their continued support, by awarding them 1st place in the 2017 Oklahoma Coaches vs. Cancer statewide fundraising campaign.
The Panthers rally the community behind the cause through their annual Boys and Girls Home Game.
It’s truly amazing what people with one goal in mind can do.
When asked about what’s the secret to their success, coach John Lazenby credits it all to team effort. In an interview with Stillwater News, Lazenby thanks the students for their passion and continued support of the cause.
“It’s been amazing,” John Lazenby said. “The kids and the community have really rallied behind it. To get the recognition with the gold ball is kind of the icing on the cake. Of course, we’re just doing it to help cancer research and hopefully help somebody that’s facing cancer, but to be able to do it and do it well, and receive some recognition for our school and community, is the icing on the cake.”
Coach Lazenby has lead the Panthers to several state championships. However, their annual fundraising games holds a special place in his heart, especially after losing his wife to breast cancer in 2016. He continues to encourage people to give what they can to the cause, as every little bit really does count.
We applaud the town of Glencoe, OK for their valiant efforts to raise funds for breast cancer research!