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EGR football fans fight cancer tonight

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WZZM)  - The start of tonight's football game in East Grand Rapids will be unlike any other.  It's the annual Hearts of Gold game, a fundraiser for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  The East community has been raising money throughout the year, and tonight those funds will be donated.  

A ninth grade student's struggle with cancer has galvanized those efforts.   That student, Champ McCahill, will walk onto Memorial Field, holding a game ball that will travel 40 miles today.  It promises to be among the most emotional moments in recent school history.  

Champ, an athletic 14 year old, is relearning how to walk and talk following a pair of surgeries after he was diagnosed in April with brain cancer.   He is the youngest child of Peaches and Raymond McCahill of East Grand Rapids.   Mr. McCahill died of colon cancer three years ago.

Champ will receive tonight's game ball at his room at DeVos Children's hospital.   The ball will have made a 40 mile, hand held journey.  Members of the East High cross country team will run it to Grand Rapids in five mile intervals, starting at Holland High School. East Grand Rapids plays Holland in football tonight.

Champ has been training to make the trek onto the field, a few steps he'll be challenged to finish.   It's likely the crowd's energy, support and love will give Champ the strength needed for this heart felt hand-off.  



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