Local middle schooler battling cancer has the backing of the community

A local boy’s cancer has returned, but the community is ensuring he doesn’t have to fight it alone!

After the first period of Tuesday night’s Aquinas Co-op verse Onalaska-La Crosse hockey game, donations were collected to help 14-year-old Drew Coleman. Along with the “Miracle Minute” donation drive, others have committed to matching the first thousand dollars and donated a signed Ryan Suter jersey and tickets to a Minnesota Wild game.

“The community just is showing an enormous amount of support for this family. Donations, raffle donations, we have several raffle baskets. Just a crazy amount of really awesome stuff other people have donated,” said Coleman family friend Carrie Hauser.

The Onalaska and Holmen basketball teams also hosted a “Miracle Minute” Tuesday night to benefit Drew. Between the two sporting events Tuesday night, more than $13,500 was raised to help cover some of the Coleman family’s medical expenses.

The Aquinas Middle Schooler recently learned the Ewing sarcoma he had beaten two years ago had returned. He managed to beat the disease in 2016 with many in our community rallying to support him at that time as well.

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