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Upcoming fundraisers to benefit Katie Cobb

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter
Katie Cobb
A T-shirt design for “Team Katie”
On April 27, Teays Valley Christian School students and staff held a “Wear Purple for Katie” Day at the school. Courtesy photo
Katie’s parents, Chad and Sarah Cobb

Along with Saturday’s Lemonade Day 5K fundraiser in Winfield, “Team Katie” community efforts to support a teenage cancer patient Katie Cobb of Winfield and her family continue in coming days:

• A baseball and softball tournament is scheduled for Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21 in Winfield, to benefit Katie. The registration fee is $200, with all proceeds going to her and her family.

Age divisions for baseball are 9U, 10U, 11U and 12U. Softball age divisions are 10U, 12U and 14U. The tournament will have two pool games and a single-elimination game. To check the remaining availability for teams, contact Kendra Schilling at kzschill@hotmail.com for softball registration and Jeremy Brown at batjerm@aol.com for baseball registration.

• The Panera Bread location in the Liberty Square Shopping Center in Hurricane will provide financial assistance to the Cobbs on Wednesday, May 24. From 4 until 8 p.m. on the 24th, Panera will donate a portion of sales to the family.

Sara Oaks of Hurricane is an organizer of the Panera Bread fundraiser. She attends River Ridge Church in Hurricane, where Katie’s father, Chad Cobb, pastors. She joined with the Panera Bread regional manager, who also attends River Ridge, to establish next week’s fundraiser.

Oaks said participating patrons should present this article at the Panera Bread location on Teays Valley on May 24 to facilitate the donation on Katie’s behalf.

• Scott Teays Elementary students in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Leadership Team have planned a family fitness event, to benefit Katie, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Winfield High School.

In recent months, several other schools, businesses and other groups have conducted fundraising events to defray Katie’s medical expenses. On May 5, Mountain View Elementary School students in Hurricane collected nearly $540 in a “Quarters for Katie” campaign. Many of the fundraisers have included participants and other supporters wearing purple clothing in her honor. Other benevolent activities have included community yard sales and “Purple Out” basketball games. “Team Katie” T-shirts, bracelets, ribbons, pins and other items have also been sold to raise money.

Chad Cobb said Katie returned recently to the Cincinnati hospital after an initial series of treatments last fall following her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“This is our second go-round. She’s had a bit of a relapse,” he said. “The support has been really encouraging as a reminder that this is a great community to live in and raise a family, in that people bend over backwards to support each other any way they can. We tell her what’s going on back home, and it puts a smile on her face and boosts her spirits.

“We really feel the love and support. We have a great church family, and the community involvement is pretty neat. We kind of catch wind of these programs as they’re developing. It’s great to see people who are loving us and going out of their way and sacrificing for us. It’s encouragement for Katie and the rest of the family, to have these values of a small town in West Virginia where everybody rallies around and gives help in a time of need,” Chad Cobb said.

He and his wife, Sarah, maintain a blog detailing Katie’s progress in treatment. It can be accessed at courageouskatie.weebly.com.

“We try to update it a couple of times a week, with news about Katie and prayer requests,” he said.


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