Central High School hosts “Bott Strong Lift-A-Thon” to raise money for coach’s cancer treatment
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Central High School is flexing its compassion by helping the school’s beloved powerlifting coach.
As we told you last month, Coach Ryan Bott found out earlier this year he had stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. But Bott managed to take the diagnosis in stride as he continued to motivate his team while fighting his own battle.
That team, Central High School and others in the community have since come together to help the coach with the slogan “Bott Strong.”
Those efforts continued Wednesday with the Bott Strong Lift-A-Thon, challenging students, staff and the community to donate for each bench press and squat students can manage.
“They’re about halfway through the process so far. I kind of did that on purpose cause, you know, the initial outpour of support is big and then often times, sometimes it wanes and this is the dog-days of his treatment,” said Central High School Football Coach Hayden Denson.
Organizers say they were able to raise about two thousand dollars for the cause from Wednesday’s event.
If you were unable to attend but would still like to donate, you can find out how on the Bott Stong GoFundMe page.
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