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Bernards High vs. Union Catholic Girls Basketball Teams Face Off to Support Team Campbell Foundation

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BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Bernards High Mountaineers will play Union Catholic High School on Saturday, February 24th at 2:00pm at Bernards High in Bernardsville. The game will support the Team Campbell Foundation. 

Both teams are honored to be able to play in what will be Bernards High’s Coach Sandy Whelan’s sixth Gold Out game in seven years. Gold is the awareness color for Childhood Cancer.

Whelan established the Gold Out game during her tenure as the varsity girls basketball coach at Watchung Hills High School to raise money for Campbell Grace Hoyt, the daughter of close family friends from Bernardsville, NJ, after she was diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma.

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Ependymoma is a rare form of cancer that affects the brain and spine.  Campbell lost her life to cancer in August, 2014, and Whelan, now coaching the Bernards High team, thought that an annual Gold Out game would continue to raise awareness of Childhood Cancers and raise money for the Team Campbell Foundation.

Kathy Matthews, Union Catholic’s varsity girls basketball coach is honored to have her team take part in this event for the third year in a row. “Having the opportunity to participate in this game and help raise funds for this cause is far more important to me than the game itself. I have seen cancer affect and change the lives of my own family members.

We are thrilled to help support Team Campbell Foundation. Each year, the girls are excited to play and help raise awareness of pediatric cancer.” Ms. Matthews, in her 42nd year as the head coach at Union Catholic, was recently honored for her 700th victory. Union Catholic is located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

The Team Campbell Foundation was created to continue Cam’s legacy of love, hope and progress for families affected by Childhood Cancer. All proceeds from the event, which will have a concession stand, special t-shirts for sale, prizes and fun contests throughout the game will be used by the Team Campbell Foundation to further its mission.

Whelan is thankful that she can continue to raise awareness and remains grateful for all the support from the Bernards players and the local community.  She and her husband, Sean Whelan, serve on the Team Campbell Foundation board, which was created in Campbell's memory to help other families with children battling childhood cancer.

“We continue to be inspired by Campbell’s tremendous courage. She never gave up. We continue to honor Campbell and other children who have lost their lives by holding this special game each year,” Whelan noted.  The Team Campbell Foundation was formed in late 2014 in memory of Campbell Hoyt, who courageously battled Anaplastic Ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine, for 5 years before passing away in August of 2014 at the age of 8.

The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis by raising awareness, funding research and providing psycho-social enrichment opportunities.  The basketball game will be held at Bernards High at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 24th.  Anyone unable to attend the game, but wanting to make a donation can mail checks to Team Campbell Foundation, PO BOX 556, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. 

For more information about the Team Campbell Foundation, visit www.teamcampbellfoundation.org.

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