T-shirt sale benefits cancer patient


Stephanie Everest

Sophomores Hannah Montgomery, Ashley Norris, Megan Ward and Brandon Sepulveda eat lunch together Thursday, sporting their “Coby Strong” t-shirts.

Rallying together, students wore “Coby Strong” T-shirts Thursday in support of sophomore Megan Ward’s 17 year old cousin, Coby, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma about a month ago. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system that compromises the ability of a person’s immune system to fight cancer. After hearing the news of her cousin’s cancer, Ward and her aunt began selling T-shirts.

“By selling the T-shirts, my hope was to give Coby more to smile about, and it was such a simple thing for me to do,” Ward said. “The shirts say ‘We believe. We fight. We win. We are Coby Strong.’”

So far, Ward has sold 50 T-shirts and raised $500 on her own.

“A lot of my friends bought the shirts, and I felt like it was a great way to help out,” sophomore John Hogan said.

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to cancer research.

Coby currently is undergoing his second treatment of chemotherapy.

“He is an incredible person and a wonderful role model for anybody,” Ward said. “I am so fortunate to have friends who are so willing to help. It’s like the way Coby’s football team puts it. It’s not just his cancer. It’s ours.”