Local Athletes Play Basketball For 24 Hours To Support Cancer Research

Photo: Photo Courtesy of WBZ's Matt Shearer

HANOVER, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — The sports-based non-profit organization "A Shot For Life" held their annual "A Shot For Life Gauntlet" in Hanover, an event where players play basketball on the court for 24 hours, with the goal to raise funds for cancer research at Mass General Cancer Center.

According to the ASFL website, players competed in the fundraiser from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, as a nod to the 24 hours of emotional and physical struggle that cancer patients face when diagnosed. With medical staff on standby, participants battled their fatigue to keep playing ball.

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WBZ's Matt Shearer spoke to some of the athletes, many of which said they would be sleeping right after the event was over. But the sleep deprivation was worth it, the players raised over $150,000 for cancer research and shattered their goal of $100,000.

Event organizer and ASFL Founder Mike Slonina said it was a united effort on the court, "Every socioeconomic background is here right now, every political affiliation is here right now, we're all working together for the same cause, and I think that's a really special thing A Shot For Life has to offer."

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports

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