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It was another successful year for the annual Cheer For A Cure, held Saturday, Feb. 15 at Genoa High School.

More than 95 cheer squads from local schools and elite teams competed in this year’s – the 10th Annual Cheer For A Cure, which raised more than $49,000 for the fight against cancer.

In the past nine years, the Cheer For A Cure Competition has donated more than $115,000 to cancer research facilities locally and nationwide.

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.


The organization gives money directly to affected families who have a loved one suffering from cancer and need assistance to alleviate the added stress of medical and household bills etc. “Also, through our cheer events, we help athletic departments and booster clubs raise money for their cheerleading programs,” said Staci McDaniel, marketing manager for the Cheer For A Cure Association. “Finally, we provide scholarships to outstanding students at schools who participate in our events.

“The spirit and commitment of this event grows stronger each year,” she said.

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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