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Brandywine game benefits local Mom battling cancer


By lmitchell@berksmontnews.com">Lisa Mitchell, lmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Brandywine Heights seniors and teachers faced off on the basketball court to help a local mom.
About 200 attended the April 28 fundraiser for Regina Stump, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
“The family enjoyed the basketball game and thought that the turn out for the fundraiser was amazing,” said Nathanial Bentley, life skills teacher at Brandywine Heights Area Middle School. “They were so thankful for all that were helping to make the event a successful one. Many teachers in our school district have been donating gift cards for groceries and dinners to make this time easier for the family.”
He said that the event was such a success due to all the teachers, students, and community members that helped and attended the event.
“The Brandywine Heights Area teachers union, students and community came together as one to make this a memorable event for the family,” he said. “This fundraiser showed everyone that we’re here for one another.”
The high school’s SCC club worked the concession stand, middle school student council worked the bake sale, girl scout group worked the arts and crafts table, Brandywine Heights paraprofessionals worked the donations for sale table, cheerleaders from the Brandywine Youth Organization cheered on the participants, and even students from another school district worked the face painting table, said Bentley.
Stump has five children, four boys and one girl. Three of the children still attend the Brandywine Heights Area School District.
A teacher to one of Stump’s boys, Bentley also coaches junior high basketball and thought that it would be fun to have the senior basketball players go against several teachers within the district.
“Some of the highlights from the game were when all of the female teachers played on the court at one time against the senior girls,” he said.
After 7 of the 8 quarters played, the senior girls and boys had scored more than 100 points together, he said.
“To tie the game up for the 8th quarter, one of Brandywine’s 7th grade boys made a half court shot,” said Bentley.
After the 7th quarter, the seniors were winning 105-53. Since the teachers tied the score at 0-0 for the 8th quarter, the teachers won 17-13, he said.
The fundraiser was organized by the Brandywine Heights Area Teachers Union and several student groups, and sponsored by JT’s Tribe, who helps contribute to the American Cancer Society. Donations were accepted at the door.