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Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure, an organization created to memorialize Stella Bertz, will sponsor the Ninth Annual Cheer For A Cure Championship Saturday, Feb. 16 at Genoa High School.

The annual Cheer For A Cure cheerleading and dance competition was established in 2005 in memory of the generosity and dedication of Stella Bertz, who coached cheerleading in the Genoa Area School District for more than 10 years. Bertz succumbed to cancer in February 2003.

The organization has grown into a national, community-based group dedicated to raising funds in an effort to impact the lives of those who have been touched by cancer. The grassroots network of cheerleaders, coaches, and supporting fans holds competitions and events to raise funds to support cancer prevention and improve quality of life by funding research, education, advocacy, and service.

Stella Bertz (far right) with daughters Maria
Maluchnik (top) and Valerie Widmer (bottom)

Registration is now open and all cheer squads and dance teams, preschool age to adult, are invited to participate in the event. Approximately 50 squads, ranging in age from PeeWee to college, are expected to compete for the championship title.

Doors will open at 7 a.m. The day’s events will also include 50/50 cash drawings, cheer apparel for sale, and a variety of concessions.

Through the Cheer For A Cure Championship, Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure has been able to donate more than $90,000 to cancer research in the past eight years. This year, the organization will directly fund cancer research through the Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure Cancer Research Fund at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. The new partnership with The James allows the organization to directly fund researchers and doctors involved in groundbreaking research to end cancer.

To enter a team, make a contribution or obtain more information, contact Josh Maluchnik at 419-855-2282 or visit 

Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all sponsorships, donations, and gifts are tax deductible.




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