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Volley 4 Mollie to help Buddy Miller happens Friday

By Timohty Mucciante
Contributor

FLUSHING — Flushing Middle School 8th grader Mollie Moquin passed away a little over three years ago from bone cancer, but her legacy lives on to help another child suffering from cancer, Branden “Buddy” Miller, through the Volley 4 Mollie benefit on Friday.

Buddy is battling brain cancer that was diagnosed after a fall on the playground in January 2017. The expenses for his treatment are exorbitant, so Volley 4 Mollie, which began in 2013, is lending a hand.

According to Flushing volleyball coach Shawn Andrews, “The community fundraiser and volleyball tournament began as an effort to support our friend, Mollie Moquin, who was being treated for Ewing Sarcoma. She loved volleyball and horseback riding as well as a bright smile and infectious laugh.

Unfortunately, Mollie passed away, but her spirit continues on as we Volley 4 Mollie in honor of local children who are facing serious medical conditions.”

Since the event started, Andrews says, “it has helped four children and their families cover the costs of the additional medical expenses. This year, the event is being held in honor of Braden “Buddy” Miller who is a 9-yearold New Lothrop student who is undergoing treatment in Mexico for DIPG brain cancer.”

This year’s event in scheduled for May 11, from 4-9:30 p.m., at Flushing Middle School. Admission is $5 and at the event 30 teams will participate in the volleyball tournament. There will also be a bake sale, concession stand and auction.”

Buddy’s story is highlighted on the Youcaring.com fundraising website. “On Jan. 11, 2017, Buddy took a tumble on the playground of his school. His balance was off and he was drooling and they went to Hurley to get him checked out. After the initial MRI he was immediately sent to Ann Arbor. The next day we were given the news that literally took us all to the floor of that hospital room. Buddy has DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor. He was given a year to live.” His family describes the steps that brought Buddy to treatment in Mexico. “Buddy has been though straight hell for an undeserving 8-year-old. He know he has a monster in his head and we need to get it out. He knows it’s cancer and he knows it [is] serious and he’s scared to death. After talking with doctors and specialists from Ann Arbor to New York to Houston to the UK to Germany and many more places, all roads led us to an experimental intra-arterial Chemotherapy regimen, combined with immunotherapy in Monterrey, Mexico.” Team Buddy Boy is the name of Buddy’s support group. They work to raise money for Buddy’s treatment and to raise DIPG awareness.

Buddie, like Mollie is a fighter according to statements made by his family and friends.

Anyone who cannot attend Volley 4 Mollie on Friday can go to Youcaring.com and search for the “Help Buddy Boy” page.

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