Shooting for a Cure raises thousands for cancer research

PEMBROKE, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Pembroke girls’ basketball team has raised more than $80,000 dollars for breast cancer research over the past seven years thanks to their event, Shooting for a Cure.

“It's just a community coming together for a great cause and really just rallying around and giving support to people who need it and it just gives you a great feeling,” said Toni Funke, who comes out to the fundraiser every year.

The event hits close to home for the community, and for Funke. Her husband, Ron, coaches the Pembroke girls’ basketball team and the event happens because of her.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and her husband’s school and team organized the event in her honor.

“I’m just so thankful that I’m even here to talk about it, but everything that has been accomplished and all the money that has gone to Roswell is unbelievable,” said Funke.

“To know that you have people who care about you, care about your family, care about this community,” said Ron Funke. “Make no bones about it, this isn’t like every other game.”

After the game Thursday evening, the event organizer tells 7 Eyewitness News that the team raised $23,308 dollars for Roswell Park.

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