Rival team helps Iowa High School coach pay for cancer expenses
It’s the story of two high school volleyball teams from Iowa, who, after digesting the life-changing news revealed by a coach, made sure to bang, tune and pass their Iowa into high gear while keeping their rivalry strictly on the ground.
KCCI-TV says West Des Moines Valley volleyball coach Jeremy Mikesell learned in May that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mikesell was there for his team’s game against the West Des Moines Dowling High School on Tuesday night when the opposing school gave him an unforgettable gift and an incredible sense of motivation to keep fighting.
Not only did each player deliver a handwritten note of encouragement as part of a special care package and gift basket, Mikesell received a standing ovation. Prior to the game, individual cash donations were also collected, which was added to the over $ 4,000 raised through a GoFundMe account to help with Mikesell’s cancer care and expenses.
The story improves, as medics say Mikesell definitely has “tiger eye” (his team’s mascot). They are expressing great optimism for a full recovery as he begins seven weeks of radiation therapy at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics in Iowa City next Monday, following what they say has been a series of successful treatments so far.
We share optimism about Jeremy Mikesell’s continued recovery. Learn more about his battle and donate to help with his treatment here. You can be inspired by this story to donate to the Jeremy Mikesell Relief Fund. Winning $ 10,000 will give you the chance to do this and more. So download our free mobile app and listen to the Workday Payday Code Words, starting next week.
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