GIBSON CITY, Ill. (WCIA) — Instead of battling in the spotlight, a football team has held a fundraiser to help a college student battling cancer.
The Gibson City-Melvin Sibley football team game was called off because their opponent didn’t have enough players, but the community rallied together anyway. This time to win a different fight.
The team hosted a movie night on the pitch. They played Remember the Titans to raise money for six-year-old Millie Fields.
He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancerous rhabdomyosarcoma.
All funds raised will help cover medical costs and the players came up with the idea.
The Friday Night Lights were on the big screen instead of the iron gate for Gibson City.
“It’s the best way we thought we could make a football game still happen pretty much because it’s a football movie,” Mason Kutemier said.
After learning that their opponent couldn’t field enough players, Mason Kutemeier, a senior on the football team, had another idea, a movie night and the choice was Remember the Titans.
“We like to make sure we recognize everyone we can in this city because we’re all together as a community,” Kutemier said.
It was more than just a fun night. They came together to raise money for Millie Fields, a first grader with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
“It’s really disappointing not being able to watch a real football game, but it will be nice to see the community come together for a little girl who needs it,” said Halie Heinz.
After completing his chemo at Northwestern, Fields went straight to the event and was joined by the entire field crew.
Student Halie Heinz says she’s happy to support.
“It really hurts me that she’s in pain like this, but it also makes me feel good to be able to help her,” Heinz said.
Susan Riley, math teacher at Gibson City High School, says it’s nice to see the community supporting each other, even in tough times.
“It’s not a football game, but we’re celebrating them on a Friday night and trying to raise money for their families because there are all kinds of insurance costs and travel expenses,” Riley said.
Gibson City may be a small town, but their hearts went together.
If you would like to donate, you can visit the Heartland Bank in Gibson City.