Minden, Boone Central/ Newman Grove fans
pack gymnasium in support of cancer research

Justin DeWitt shakes hands with Alex Johnson who along with
DeWitt's son Cooper, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblstic
leukemia. Also pictured is Alex's father, Scott Johnson.

MINDEN — Walking onto the basketball court here and being cheered by hundreds of people in orange T-shirts felt like a graduation for two families battling cancer.

That’s how Jenni DeWitt described the scene Monday night after fans from Minden and Boone Central/Newman Grove purchased a combined total of 940 shirts for games between the two schools with the words “Faith, Fight, Cure.”

The event was billed as an “Orange Out.”
DeWitt’s 3-year-old son, Cooper, and 7-year-old Alex Johnson each were diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three days apart in February at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

The Johnson family is from Minden, and the DeWitts are from Albion, where Boone Central is located.

“We survived that tense eight months, and our kids are making it,” Jenni said. “Just standing in that gym and knowing that every single one of those people knows childhood cancer happens to people you know.”

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