LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - American Brain Cancer Cure is a nationally-based charity that is making it’s debut at the 11th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown.
According to their website, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) is a Washington DC-based venture philanthropy nonprofit organization that drives cutting-edge research and treatments for brain tumors.
“We have been around since 2001," Nicola Beddow said. "We are not the largest brain cancer group. We are a small, mean nimble team and are very focused on raising funds for brain cancer research. We are out there because there has not been a lot of treatments for brain cancer patients. We need to change that. We are pushing for collaboration between research institutions so they work together and share data and try to get new effective treatments.”
Beddow points ous that brain cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths among children and young adults. This year over 77,000 cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year. Right now researchers are still trying to determine what causes brain tumors.
“I have a personal experience with my mom and grandmother,” Angelina All-Stars coach Patrick Sluga said. " They both had brain cancer. it is a bad deal all around. For kids it is an unknown on what is coming up."
All-Star player Cash Carrell has an aunt in Houston with cancer and is currently seeing how cancer can effect families.
“She comes to our house all the time because she can’t be home alone because she is weak from the chemo," Carrell said. “It is really hard on her and everyone. It messes with you."
ABC2 is still trying to get their name out and feel events big and small do that.
“It is amazing what this team is doing,” Beddow said. “They are making a difference and raising awareness. They are propbably reaching out to someone effected by brain cancer.”
The 11th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown, which pits high-school basketball seniors from both counties of Angelina and Nacogdoches, will be held Thursday, April 25, at the Central Heights high school gym.
The girls' game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow after.
Admission is $5 at the door. Children under the age of 5 can get in free.
The 10th year saw the Nacogdoches County girls win 54-41 and the Nacogdoches County boys win 79-71.
The game pits the top seniors of Angelina County against the top seniors of of Nacogdoches County in two basketball games. Each team's coach has selected a charity to play for. The winning teams' charities win proceeds from the door.
Below are rosters for each team:
Angelina County girls, coached by Andre Emmons of Diboll. Playing for Men’s Fieldhouse.
Kaylee Frazier and Madison Shaver of Central
Nia Mitchell and Michelle Finley of Diboll
Gracie England, Makiley Rhodes and Emily Vandover of Hudson
Micayla Havard and Jenna Flournoy of Huntington
Kurstyn Harden, Alexis Hood and Mikayla Bailey of Lufkin
Autymn Harrell of Pineywoods Academy
Nacogdoches County girls, coached by Lance Butler of Martinsville. Playing for Glory Gang.
Victoria Spencer of Central Heights
Briana Rushing of Chireno
Madison Wright and Shasta Thomas of Cushing
Sarah Lowery and Peyton White of Douglass
Sabrina Dove, Maci Mitchell and Selena Shepherd of Garrison
Kaitlyn Revill and Sierra Andrews of Martinsville
Tatyana Walker of Nacogdoches
Angelina County boys, coached by Patrick Sluga of Zavalla. Playing for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
Cash Carrell and Jacob Davis of Central
Amahd Chavis and Ty Eddins of Diboll
Cade Courtney and Darrel Douglas of Hudson
Carson Hopper and Taylor Truss of Huntington
KeVonte Hurts and Torrance Agnew of Lufkin
Kellen Kruk of Pineywoods Academy
Tyler Broderick of Zavalla
Nacogdoches County boys, coached by Danny Enloe of Martinsville. Playing for American Cancer Society.
Christian Adams of Central Heights
Hunter Metteauer of Chireno
Jeremiah Wilson of Cushing
Bryce Berthot of Douglass
Rodrick Johnson of Garrison
Jaren James and Lane Manchack of Martinsville
Devious Whitaker and Bobby Phillips of Nacogdoches
Luke Alvis, Reece King and Logan Lucas of Woden
The following are scores from the previous nine years:
Nacogdoches girls 49, Angelina girls 61
Nacogdoches boys 66, Angelina boys 72
Nacogdoches girls 36, Angelina girls 48
Nacogdoches boys 51, Angelina boys 72
Angelina girls 65, Nacogdoches girls 31
Angelina boys 84, Nacogdoches boys 53
Nacogdoches girls 28, Angelina girls 48
Nacogdoches boys 62, Angelina boys 73
Nacogdoches girls 72, Angelina girls 74
Nacogdoches boys 72, Angelina boys 78
Nacogdoches girls 67, Angelina girls 36
Nacogdoches boys 61, Angelina boys 54
Angelina girls 40, Nacogdoches girls 44
Angelina boys 70, Nacogdoches boys 66
Angelina girls 66, Nacogdoches girls 52
Angelina boys 69, Nacogdoches boys 57
Angelina girls 57, Nacogdoches girls 44
Nacogdoches boys 71, Angelina boys 66
Nacogdoches girls 54, Angelina girls 41
Nacogdoches boys 79, Angelina girls 71