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FHS volleyball team spikes cancer

Fitchburg volleyball team spikes cancer

Fight Against Cancer game raises money for cancer research

By Jack Callahan
Fitchburg Athletics Staff Writer

FITCHBURG — Tuesday night, the Fitchburg volleyball team held a Fight Against Cancer game for 7-year-old Thiago Sosa and 4-year-old Juliet Robichaud — two area youngsters who are battling leukemcanceria.

The varsity volleyball game against North Middlesex – won by the Patriots, 3-0 – took on a much more important meaning by raising money and awareness for cancer research at the Doug Grutchfield Field House.

“I like the cause that we did it for, especially since the kids that have leukemia are kids that we know,” said Fitchburg captain Saimary Carrasquillo. “Thiago is the little brother of someone who used to come to this school, and Juliet is the daughter of someone who came here.”

While the Red Raider varsity team lost the volleyball game, the cause they played for was more important than any win they could earn. There was high energy in the gym in the name of cancer, raffle tables run by the students and the orange color theme of the evening was on display with balloons and on the players’ shirts.

It’s nice to know that what we’re doing, even if we don’t win, is a good cause,” said Carrasquillo.

As for the game itself, Fitchburg is still a work in progress and is building team chemistry by the day.

“We just have to figure out what to work on and get it fixed,” said FHS captain Anastasia Yang.

While the outcome of the game was not what Fitchburg wanted, the event as a whole was everything it expected and more.