Duck toss raises money for students with cancer

Raider Nation Leader organizes fundraiser for peers


Courtesy of Michael Dabe

Freshmen Gidelski and Roberts will both be at the duck toss during the boys basketball game Jan. 13.

By Karolina Perkowski

When senior Michael Dabe heard that two Huntley High School students were diagnosed with cancer, he knew he wanted to do something.

As a result, Dabe along with principal Marcus Belin, organized an event to help raise money for the students and their families.

Dabe and Belin came up with the idea to create a website to sell rubber ducks that would be part of an event, held at the Dundee Crown basketball game on Jan. 13. 

During halftime of the varsity boys basketball game, every purchased duck will be thrown at a target which will be in the middle of the basketball court for prizes which includes a 50” 4K TV, gift cards, Jordans and Yeezys. 

A great number of ducks have been sold so far at $5 a piece.

“I am proud to see the amount of ducks sold, I hope to see all of them sell out before the game,” Dabe said.

More than 30 sponsors will be helping support the event including the Chicago Bears, Northwestern Medicine, and Costco Wholesale. 

“We are a very large building and sometimes things are hard, I want to know kids names, I want to know kids stories,” Belin said. 

Proceeds will go to freshmen Lucas Gidelski, who diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and Madison Roberts, who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“A girl from Marlowe and boy from Heineman, both freshman, both wind up with cancer,” Laura Roberts, mother of Madison, said. 

 It will be a fundraiser for the Gidelski and Roberts families to help with all medical bills.

Anyone who is still interested in donating can access the website for the event HERE

The last day to purchase ducks is Jan. 12 at 6:00 p.m. Pick-up of the duck will take place at the entrances before both the girls and boys games. The theme for the game will be orange out. 

“We need all the help we can get. Lucas and Madison need to see the support that we all show for them,” Dabe said. “I cannot wait to see everyone there on Friday, and to show how Huntley can be there for all of us when we are in our times of need.”