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Coogs For The Cure Enters Second Year

By Casey Keirnan, ckeirnan
Published On: Oct 11 2012 06:48:08 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2012 10:57:06 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Just one week after the crosstown showdown, Cooper won't only be playing for a comeback, they'll also be playing for a purpose. Coogs for the Cure is the name of Cooper's campaign to battle breast cancer. It's raising money for women like Angela Hamil-Willis, mother of football player Parker to catch the signs breast cancer soon so they can stage a comeback of their own.

"We don't want women to have to choose between getting a mammogram and getting groceries. The earlier you're diagnosed, the better your outcome is, which was the case with me," Angela explained to KTXS on Thursday.

Her son, the Cougar kicker, was deeply effected by his mother's struggle. "Getting that news, I broke down right in front of her. It feels just like the world is on a downturn, coming to an end almost," Parker told KTXS from the Cougar locker room.

It is stories like this one and others that inspired head coach Todd Moebes to start Coogs for the Cure last year.

"It was just an idea that I came up with. Why don't we find people within the Coogar Nation who have had breast cancer. who have either lost the fight or are currently fighting it, we put their names on the
back of the shirt to honor them," Moebes explained.

Those shirts cost $15 dollars apiece and raised $23,000 dollars for the Hope Fund last year. "We are certainly hoping to top what we did last year with the purchase of the shirts and certainly tomorrow
will help."

It no doubt will help but the Cougars still have a small ways to go before reaching their goal. The game is at Shotwell Stadium Friday night against Midland High and begins at 7:30pm. Doors open an hour prior to kickoff and you can buy your shirt and -- Coog or not -- show your support at the stadium.