By Will Ranos / Sports Editor

LBCC athletics and the California Community College men’s and women’s Basketball Coaches Association contributed in hosting the “Coaches vs. Cancer” event Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Hall of Champions Gym to help raise funds for cancer and promote awareness.

The event began at 4 p.m. with events going on throughout the evening. The men’s and women’s basketball teams at LBCC played against Cerritos. A fund-raising free-throw contest was conducted during halftime of both games with the LBCC cheerleaders walking around during that time to gather donations.

Tracy Groh, 19, an English major, said, “It’s a fantastic event. LBCC does a great job.”

Celeste Peabody, wife of LBCC football coach Brett Peabody, was recognized during the halftime of the men’s basketball game as the 2015 honoree.

Talking about being recognized, Peabody said, “I’m very happy. LBCC has been very supportive and it is like an extended family for me. The support has just been wonderful.”

The breast cancer survivor, who had her last radiation treatment Thursday, Feb. 19, mentioned that everyone should get monograms regularly. “Catching it early makes all the difference.”

LBCC athletic director Joe Cascio said, “Everyone has in some way been affected by cancer. (Coaches vs. Cancer) is a cause that everyone can believe in.”

Last year, LBCC raised $3,466 toward a statewide donation of $28,945 to the American Cancer Society. The final numbers for this year’s donation have yet to be finalized, but organizers hope to exceed last year’s contribution.

Donations may be made by going to lbccvikings.com/special-events/2014-15/cvc_donation