Charity event held by 2 Butler County school districts will help cancer-stricken student

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Mother, daughter discuss cancer diagnosis

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Two Butler County school districts will join forces Tuesday to help a Madison High School student in her battle against cancer.

Edgewood Schools are coming together with Madison at an evening charity basketball game at the Madison High School gym as teams of teachers and school staffers play to help 16-year-old Mattie Cole pay for chemotherapy and other costly treatments.

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Madison schools Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff said the rallying together of two school systems to help a needy students says plenty about both.

“Madison appreciates Edgewood staff and students for reaching out and helping to arrange this night for Mattie,” said Tuttle-Huff.

“Showing our love and support for Mattie’s family by collaborating with Edgewood to raise money also shows all of our children how the world can be a better place when we work to uplift and support each other. We love Mattie and other families who are struggling with cancer, and this is one way to show that love.”

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The “Mattie’s Day Love, Hope, Cure” charity event will feature far more than a basketball game.

The nationally acclaimed Firecrackers Jump Rope team with girls from Warren County’s Kings Schools will also perform, as well as both high schools’ pep bands and cheerleaders and Edgewood Choraliers. There will be chances to win money and prizes through split the pot, half-court shots, raffle basket and concessions by Domino’s, Chick-fil-A and cookies by Angel Casteel.

The Cole family has no insurance. Mattie’s mother Jody said her husband’s insurance policy was $1,267 a month with a $6,000 deductible. The family chose mortgage payments over health insurance.

The chemotherapy treatments Mattie will receive in the next 10 months will cause her to become infertile, her mother said.

In January, one of Mattie’s ovaries was harvested and frozen until she decides to start a family. That procedure, which isn’t covered by any insurance, will be paid by the GoFundMe account.

“We feel extremely blessed,” her mother said. “It’s just overwhelming.”

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