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Semi-Pro Team Slates Benefit Night for Pediatric Cancer Fund

The Northern Tier Bruins football team will host a special benefit night on Saturday, Aug. 28 prior to their game with the Willingboro Bears.

Before the 7 p.m. kickoff at Towanda's Miller Memorial Park, the club will accept donations at the gate for the Jordan Wilcox Pediatric Cancer Fund.

The fund was established to benefit Bradford County children who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing local or out-of-town treatments.

The fund offers financial assistance for low- to moderate-income families of pediatric cancer victims.

Donors at the game will receive a ticket for a door prize drawing at halftime.

Two prizes will be awarded including a special souvenir gift donated by the Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation.

The fund was established by the family of Jordan Wilcox, a three-year-old from Athens, who is currently undergoing cancer treatments for the second time in his life.

His family knows first-hand the financial hardships that families face when dealing with pediatric cancer.

Even families with health insurance are not covered for treatment-related expenses such as travel expenses, rooms and meals. In addition, many health plans do not cover newer, experimental treatments that can lead to financial hardships for some families.

Wilcox's family worked with the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) to establish the fund as a "special field of interest fund" to benefit other families within the county.

The fund expresses the Wilcox family's gratitude for the community support for Jordan's plight.

The CFTT is a 501c3 organization that will administer the fund according to the guidelines set by the Wilcox family and the CFTT Board of Directors.

Before any distributions are made, the fund must reach a minimum of $10,000. To date, $3,377.20 has been raised.

Donations are tax deductible and all funds raised will stay in Bradford County.

The Wilcox family is appreciative of the willingness of the Bruins to help with their cause.

Fans will have an opportunity to help out a worthwhile cause while enjoying a night of football.

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