Benefit for cancer patient tonight at Swanton-Evergreen football game

Eight-year-old Chase Miller is fighting Burkitt lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. He is about to undergo his fifth, and hopefully, final round of chemotherapy at Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.

A student at Park Elementary School in Swanton, Chase saw his pediatrician in June for a suspected case of tonsillitis, only to be informed a malignant tumor grew on one tonsil. His cancer has resulted in a loss of hair and prevented him from beginning the new school year until at least the end of October.

Throughout his ordeal, Chase has fought the disease with a quiet dignity, which has impressed his parents, Randy Miller and Heather Courtney.

“The most common thing anybody says to us is, ‘We don’t know how you deal with this,’” Miller said. “To be honest, Chase makes it easy. Through it all, he doesn’t complain about anything. He’s a lot stronger than me and Heather.”

A “Coin War” benefit for Chase will be held Friday at the Swanton vs. Evergreen varsity football game at Swanton High School. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Game attendees from both school districts are encouraged to compete by bringing donations of coins. The teams’ cheerleaders will hold a bake sale, and wrist bracelets will be distributed for donations. Brightly colored T-shirts proclaiming #Chase Strong and “No one fights alone” will be sold for $15 each.

All proceeds will go toward Chase’s medical expenses.

A story about Chase will be featured in the Tuesday, Oct. 6 issue of the newspaper.