Norwich’s first Coaches Versus Cancer fundraiser a success

Patrick Newell

Last Friday night, before the Norwich girls’ basketball game against Owego, public address announcer, Matt Clark, asked the crowd to observe a moment of silence to remember those who passed away due to cancer. It’s a safe bet to assume that everyone in the crowd had no problem thinking of someone they know (or knew) who has battled the deadly disease or died from it. The Tornado athletics program, led by cheerleading coach Marie DeSarro, held its first Coaches versus Cancer fundraiser last weekend. Norwich’s girls played on Friday night, and the Tornado boys hosted Owego on Saturday evening. Over the two days, DeSarro reported that $723 was collected through donations, gate receipts, and the booster clubs’ – boys and girls – donation of the 50/50 raffle. Additionally, 50/50 contest winner, Sue Carson-Ryan, donated her winnings back to the fundraiser. DeSarro thanked everyone who donated, and if anyone else still wishes to contribute to the Norwich Coaches Versus Cancer fund, they may contact DeSarro by e-mail at, or by phone at 607-316-0763.