Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Proceeds from basketball match to benefit son of faculty member

Eli, now 5 years old, was first diagnosed with Leukemia in 2011.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that his Leukemia has returned.
Edison Community College is helping to raise money for Eli Leingang at the “Shoot for Eli” basketball match on Wednesday, February 18 at the Piqua campus gymnasium. The women’s basketball game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game following at 7:30 p.m.

In 2011, Edison faculty member Brian Leingang and his wife, Noelle, were hit with the devastating news that their one-year-old son had Leukemia. After recently completing his three-and-a-half year treatment plan, it was confirmed earlier this year that Eli’s Leukemia has returned.

“Eli’s a tough, resilient, and hilarious 5 year-old. After recently receiving multiple biopsies, all he wanted to do was play football. He is in good spirits. After all, he doesn’t know any different,” said Eli’s father and Edison Professor, Brian Leingang. “So many people have been supportive and caring during his treatment, keeping us in your hearts and prayers. We really do appreciate it.”

To help out one of their own, the Edison family is holding this special event to raise money for Eli’s wish through A Special Wish Foundation. In addition to helping Eli, funds raised will also benefit other children’s wishes.

By participating in the half-time events, fans have the chance to win over $500 worth in prizes while also raising money for Eli. A three-point shot game will give fans the chance to double their money; a four-shot raffle will challenge fans to make a lay-up, foul, three-point, and half-court shots for a chance to win $250; and a raffle will also be held to give away a $250 gift certificate to the Edison bookstore. Shoot for Eli t-shirts will also be available for purchase during the games.

A Special Wish Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children or adolescents who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. Over the past 30 years, the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has granted over 1,600 wishes to children living in Montgomery, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Green, and Shelby counties.

The cost to attend the basketball games is $5.00 with students getting in free. For more information, contact Nate Cole at or 937-381-1555. For the latest updates on Eli’s journey, visit his Caring Bridge webpage at

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