Springboro supports football player battling cancer

Springboro and Springboro High School are rallying together to support a high school football player battling leukemia (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus).
Springboro and Springboro High School are rallying together to support a high school football player battling leukemia (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus).

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) — Springboro is going orange these days in support of a Springboro High School football player battling cancer. Their love was on full display at Thursday night’s football game.

Springboro’s number 58, senior Mac Reese, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this month.

“Mac has a lot of dreams, like all young men,” said Mark Reese, Mac’s Uncle. “But right now, Mac’s focused on fighting. That’s who he is right now.”

Mac’s classmates and his community are making sure he doesn’t fight alone.

“We were going to donate 10 percent of our sales today and just kind of see if anyone else we take the bite on it, and it’s been overwhelming,” said Heather Sukola, owner of Heather’s Coffee and Cafe.

Springboro businesses are donating money to support Mac and decorating their storefronts in orange, the color of leukemia awareness.

“Mac knows everything that’s going on,” Mark Reese said. “He’s seen the pictures, he’s on Facebook, his friends are sending him things. These acts of kindness and compassion, they really do matter in these difficult times.”

In the stands at Thursday’s football game against Centerville, no rivalry when it came to Mac. Both schools cheered for him to win.

“Yes, there’s a football game that’s going to be played, and everybody in this community hopes Springboro comes out on top, but when it comes to Mac, everybody wants the same outcome in that battle,” Mark Reese said.

Signs in the stadium, including the scoreboard, read “MacStrong.” Fans and cheerleaders were decked out in orange.

“I talked to Mac’s mom and dad this evening before I came out here, and they wanted that to be the message, how much they appreciate everything that everybody’s doing,” Mark Reese said. “And it means a lot.”

A go fund me page has been set up to help pay for Mac’s medical bills.

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