Cancer Support Group at Preble HS Celebrates 10 Years - WBAY

Cancer Support Group at Preble HS Celebrates 10 Years

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Nick Nesvacil knows first hand what people who have cancer are going through.

"I'm an 18 year brain cancer survivor," he said.

When the teacher started working at Preble High School, he realized just how many people cancer impacts.

"My brother actually had cancer. He had leukemia and so did my cousin," said student and Sting Cancer member Alysia Vang.

That's when he created Sting Cancer.

The mission is simple.

"Raise awareness about cancer and help anybody in our community," said Nesvacil.

"We do the chemo bags, which we usually do about 300 per year. We send to the hospitals for people who have cancer," explained student and Sting Cancer member Brett Vogel.

Sting Cancer started in a little corner of the library with just about nine students.

Now those meetings have grown to an average of 80 students and are held in the main part of the library.

"Now we're up in about 19 different schools and we're helping people all over the Northeast Wisconsin area. So, it's exploded way beyond what I ever dreamed or thought," added Nesvacil.

Sting Cancer is celebrating its tenth anniversary Friday with its annual dessert gala fundraiser.

Culinary arts students help out by making all the treats.

And group members collect baskets for a silent auction.

The money goes towards helping those with cancer, which Nesvacil says he hopes more students can be a part of in the future.

"I would like it to be where it's a staple in schools just like football or choir or anything else," he said.

The dessert gala is at Preble High School Friday, February 21 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and children are $5.

They can be purchased at the door.

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