Vail Valley middle school football team taking a kick at cancer
St. Clare Mustangs raising funds for family in cancer fight
The Mustangs of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School play more than football Thursday. They’re taking a kick at cancer.
Noah Mills, 5, is fighting kidney cancer at Children’s Hospital in Denver. Noah’s older brother Carson Dunn plays for St Clare, a K-8 school in Edwards. Connie Melzer, who teaches across the street at Vail Christian Academy, is also battling breast cancer.
“They’re making this game about our family,” St. Clare Coach Angelo Vasquez said. “The Mustangs want these families to know that our community is praying for them and supporting them like a family.”
Mustang team manager Jacobo Morales will attempt three field goals to raise money from the Catholic Parishes of the Valley. All proceeds from concessions will be donated to Noah Melzer’s family to help with his treatment expenses.
The Mustangs host the Summit Tigers on their Edwards campus. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Eagle County Schools added six mental health counselors and the district will add two more school resource officers, according to the school district’s 2019-2020 budget book. The district also aised starting pay and gave staffers a 2.3% cost-of-living raise.