Reporting Ron Matz
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a unique fundraiser and it will bring hundreds of people together Saturday at Boys’ Latin School.
Ron Matz reports thanks to one determined family and a dozen local schools, thousands of dollars will be raised in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
It’s dodgeball for a cure. Molly Danko and her sister Bridget came up with the idea in memory of their mother Stacy, who was 44 when she died of cystic fibrosis.
“In my freshman year at Bryn Mawr, I started a cystic fibrosis club at the school. We raise money all year. We have fundraisers and bake sales. We organize a team for the CF Great Strides walk coming up in May,” Molly Danko said. “My mom taught me that if you believe in something, go for it. I believe that every little thing counts and we can all come together to help make a change for CF and help people better their lives.”
“I was 11 when my mom passed away. She loved her kids. She didn’t live like she had CF; she lived like a normal person. She didn’t let it get in her way and she lived every day to her fullest,” Bridget Danko said.
Stacy was a devoted mom and a nurse.
“She was a nurse in critical care at Hopkins and at Shock Trauma,” Molly Danko said.
The players know the importance of what will happen here.
“My brother was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age. I really started pushing for cystic fibrosis awareness and raising money. It’s gotten stronger every year,” said Josh Hamburger, a senior at Boys’ Latin. “It’s going to be 240 people. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ll have music and food. It will be fun to have everybody from all the local schools.”
Saturday’s Dodge For A Cure will bring 12 schools and 240 participants to Boys Latin, all raising money to benefit CF.
“Our mom passed away from CF and CF has been a big part of our lives and we like to give back because they did so much to help my mom. This event is big for us because we can give back to them and help them raise more money,” Bridget Danko said.
In memory of a woman who touched thousands.
“My mom passed away four years ago from the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. She fought hard every day. She was just a great example to everybody around her. She walked into a room and could light it up,” Molly Danko said. “She had a positive attitude and lived every day to the fullest like it could be her last. She never let CF bring her down.”
Besides the tournament, there will also be food, music, prizes, raffles and t-shirts. Saturday’s Dodge For a Cure at Boys’ Latin will be held from 4:30-8 p.m.