Everyone has been touched by cancer one way or another, a family member or friend. In fact, many high school athletes might even know a classmate battling the disease. Most prep teams hold a cancer fundraising event during the season. That includes recent events for Owatonna High School basketball and hockey.

The OHS boys' basketball team held it's Coaches vs Cancer fundraiser Saturday, January 26. They honored retired elementary physical education teacher Anne Carter who taught in Owatonna for 28 years. She continued as a substitute after that until recent cancer treatments forced he to take a break.

The Owatonna Hoops Club awarded a check to the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life in her honor for nearly $3,400. Carter recently started radiation treatment on cancerous spots on each lung after enduring other effects of cancer since a tumor was found in 2017.

Saturday's presentation included recognition of her connection to many students, "Anne has been a loved teacher in the Owatonna community and has impacted many lives throughout the course of her career. Please take a moment to stand and wave to her now if you were a former students, colleague, or if your child had Anne as a teacher."

The Huskies' girls hockey squad held its cancer night fundraiser earlier in January, raising nearly $3,000 for the From the Heart run, a program that raises money for local families battling cancer. A check presentation is scheduled for Thursday, January 31 during the Huskies final regular season game.

Triton's girls' basketball team hosted Shooting for a Cure on Friday, January 25. Various raffles and pink-themed treats raised money for the cause. Coach Melissa Young remarked that students in the district have a classmate battling cancer.

These are just a few examples of the many teams and programs doing their part to fight cancer.