2018-02-08 / Community News

Thornton to raise funds through Hoops for Hope

On Feb. 8, the Thornton Academy Girls’ Basketball program will host its third annual Hoops for Hope Charity event at Linnell Gymnasium.

Over the past two years, the Hoops for Hope event has raised nearly $50,000, including more than $20,000 raised directly by the players. Thornton Academy Girls’ Basketball Head Coach Eric Marston began the program in 2015 after being inspired by his wife’s battle with cancer and the support that their family received from the community.

“With the money (Hoops for Hopes) raises, families have been able to have Christmases and Thanksgivings. So much money goes to cancer costs, there isn’t much left over,” Marston said.

The financial assistance is provided in many forms: payment of medical and utility bills, gift cards, gas cards, purchase of wigs and other support for families while battling cancer. One of the main recipients is New England Cancer Specialists. Robin Letarte is the patient financial advocate with New England Cancer Specialists and appreciates the support from Hoops for Hope.

“The incredibly generous support from Hoops for Hope has helped our patients with a variety of needs, including food, gas for transportation to appointments, help with prescriptions, and non-medical expenses like utility bills, heating bills and car repairs. This help means so much to each patient who receives assistance. We’re also grateful for the Hoops for Hope’s generous support of a yoga program for cancer patients, which is held in our office in Kennebunk and free for all to enjoy,” Letarte said.

There are more than 20 items in this year’s silent auction including concert tickets to Ed Sheeran, Guster, Patriots tickets, a Samsung Galaxy 32 GB tablet, a skybox at a Sea Dogs game, and more. Raffle and silent auction winners will be announced at halftime of the boys’ game.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. with a scrimmage between Saco Middle School and Thornton Academy Middle School. Following, Thornton Academy will take on Gorham for Girls’ Junior Varsity at 4:30 p.m. and Girls’ Varsity at 6 p.m. The last game of the night will be Boys’ Varsity at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will be open for bidding during the middle school and girls’ games.

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