Lady Wildcats to face toughest opponent yet

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cassville girls to raise awareness for Parkinson's

Cassville Coach Chris Shore knows about facing tough challenges and good defenses.

His clipboard has the marking to prove that he can diagram plays to attack almost any team.

On Monday, his Lady Wildcats squad is asking for help from Wildcat Nation as they face their toughest opponent ever -- not the Monett Lady Cubs -- but Parkinson's disease.

"We have been selling T-shirts to raise money for awareness," Shore said. "On Monday, we will be accepting donations and have a raffle to raise even more funds."

Last year, the Lady Wildcats donated $500 to the St. Louis American Parkinson Disease Association.

For Shore, the fight against Parkinson's is a personal one.

"My father was diagnosed two years ago, and I have a couple of close friends battling the disease now," he said. "Modern medicine can only slow the effect of the disease. We hope that one day a cure can be found."

The Lady Cubs have also joined forces with Cassville and will make a donation to help the fundraising cause.

According to the APDA website, the association has contributed more than $30 million to Parkinson's disease research, and another $30 million to patient and caregiver support and education.

To order a "Parkinson's Awareness" T-shirts, people may contact Amanda Henry at ahenry@cassville.k12.mo.us. Shirts are $10 each.

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