North Shore Summer Showdown dunks on cancer
Shane Massel (from left), Jason Krawetz and Zacharyary Bulwa, all Glenbrook North High School graduates, are the Cure It On The Court fundraiser organizers and best friends. | Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
The Aug. 11 North Shore Summer Showdown, presented by The Cure It On The Court Foundation of Northbrook, welcomed a record number of participants, raising hope for children struggling with cancer.
Shane Massel, of Northbrook, a 2007 Glenbrook North High School graduate, is one of four GBN pals who organized the basketball game fundraiser at the Sachs Recreation Center in Deerfield.
He was helped by childhood friends, Jason Krawetz, who plans to be an attorney, Zachary Bulwa, who plans to be a doctor, and foundation colleague and buddy Matt Rosenberg, in support of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Comer Children’s Hospital. Currently, nearly 80 percent of children with pediatric cancer are cured, cites Callie Johnston, University of Chicago senior associate director of individual giving.
“Still, our work is not finished until all children are cured of cancer,” wrote Johnston in a mission statement provided for the Saturday afternoon fundraiser.
“The generosity of The Cure It On The Court Foundation has led to the creation AYA Oncology clinic (Adolescent Young Adult).”
“We are grateful…in these endeavors through The Cure It On The Court Foundation’s efforts,” added Johnston.
At 1:35 p.m., Massel, who had to quickly travel back and forth between two busy basketball court areas, was stoked. “It’s great,” said Massel, obviously pleased with the energy on the court. “There are a ton of people and everyone looks like they’re having a great time, I’m ecstatic.”
Landon Massel, Shane’s brother, said, “I’m proud of him with all of the work he’s done. Just seeing the amount of hours that he puts in and then seeing the final results makes all of the hard work worth it.”
“It’s amazing,” David Bulwa, proud dad of Zachary Bulwa, said. “This thing has grown from 10 teams at the beginning (five years ago) and now 30 teams are participating.”
Zachary Bulwa said, “We’re trying to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and every new participant helps us reach that goal.”
“I feel wonderful,” added Jason Krawetz, smiling. “This is the biggest one we’ve ever had.”