Bigger than basketball
Lions vs. Lakers. It's a rivalry matchup athletes, fans and parents look forward to no matter the sport. While there's always plenty of excitement in store each time these teams face off, there was something extra special about the Feb. 5 girls and boys basketball games between West Linn and Lake Oswego High School.
That something special was Ellie Shorter and Brock McNown. Thanks to the LtP Foundation, a non-profit benefiting kids battling cancer, Wednesday's boys and girls games were played in their honor.
Shorter, a 16-year-old from Canby High School, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last fall. McNown, a 19-year-old LOHS graduate who was unable to attend the game, is also battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.
The LtP Foundation, created by a group of LOHS grads including West Linn Police Officer Catlin Blyth, was able to raise $12,000 for Shorter and McNown thanks to T-shirt sales and donations from community members.
Players and coaches from the boys and girls teams at both schools wore the T-shirts made for the game, which read "Ellie's Army" and "Brock Strong."
Blyth announced during the game that after undergoing chemotherapy since September, Shorter is now cancer-free.
More information on the LtP Foundation, including the other work they do for kids fighting cancer, and how to donate, can be found at https://www.ltpfoundation.org/
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