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The 9th Annual Cheer For A Cure Competition, held Saturday, Feb 16 at Genoa High School, raised $48,000 for cancer research – more than double raised last year.

This year’s event featured 101 performances by 72 teams comprised of more than 1,000 athletes, who along with 140 volunteers and over 6,000 fans came together to make the day a “huge and amazing success,” according to Staci McDaniel, marketing manager for the Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure Association.

All proceeds will be donated to the Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure Cancer Research Fund at Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute.

Genoa PeeWee Cheerleaders were among the squads from Genoa that participated
in the event. Together, the Genoa squads raised $4,300 toward cancer research

The annual competition was established in 2005 in memory of Stella Bertz, a Genoa cheerleading coach and avid school and cheer supporter who lost her battle with cancer in February 2003. Cheer For A Cure has since grown into a national, community-based organization dedicated to impacting the lives of those who have been touched by cancer.

“Each year this event grows bigger and better,” McDaniel “Since 2005, this association has donated over $90,000 to help fund cancer research.  We cannot wait to see what next year brings.”

“A big ‘thank you’ to the sponsors, donors, and fans that support our annual competition, said Maria Maluchnik, Cheer For A Cure president. “Their efforts allow us to be a positive influence on the youth in our communities. It is a very rewarding event!”

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