Tonight is a special night. It is the 35th Annual Bucks MACC Fund Game tonight as the Bucks take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the BradleyCenter in the Bucks only preseason home game. The previous 34 games have raised $1.3 million for the MACC Fund’s fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders.
Many know that the MACC Fund started during a Bucks game 35 years ago when Jon McGlocklin’s number was retired. Jon and his good friend and Bucks broadcaster, Eddie Doucette, teamed up to help kids like Karen and Eddie’s son Brett who was diagnosed with leukemia as a two-year-old. Since then, Brett became the MACC Fund’s first “success story,” is married and lives in Arizona. In addition, the MACC Fund has contributed $41 million to pediatric cancer and blood disorder research in Wisconsin offering Hope for children with cancer throughout the country and the world. The MACC Fund has played an important role in helping the overall cure rate for childhood cancer to rise from 20% to 80% in the past 35 years.
The Bucks have been with the MACC Fund every step of the way and events like the Bucks MACC Fund Game have contributed to that impressive cure rate success. Once again this year, the Bucks have donated hundreds of tickets to the game for the children, their families, caregivers and dedicated MACC Fund volunteers.
The Bucks always give the children helped by the MACC Fund a chance to be part of the fun. Ten-year-old Jack Bartosz and his twin sister Annie will present the game ball. Jack designed the TODAY’S TMJ4 MACC*Star. He has battled cancer for more than half of his life. Ten children helped by the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will line up with each starting player. They will get a signed ball from that player as a great memento of a great night. Imagine how excited they are!
Some of these children got to meet the Bucks during the team’s annual visit to Children’s Hospital and the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders on Monday. Despite the abbreviated preseason, Coach Scott Skiles wanted to make sure this great holiday tradition continued proving once again the commitment the Bucks have to helping the MACC Fund help kids. As I said, the Bucks have been with the MACC Fund every step of the way.
Don’t forget, value-priced tickets will be available until Tip Off. We hope to see you there.
Thanks for helping the MACC Fund help kids battling cancer and blood disorders.
Happy Holidays and Go Bucks!
John Cary, Executive Director
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