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Nov 18, 2014 5:40 PM

Teachers and firefighters take on Harlem Wizards to benefit Concord woman battling cancer


CONCORD - Students at Rundlett Middle School meet two of the world famous Harlem Wizards basketball players.

The kids got a sneak peek at some of the player's tricks and hoop action. They were encouraged to come out to Tuesday night's game to support their schoolmate, 8th grader Shane Riley. Shane's mother Steph Riley is battling stage four lung cancer.

Shane Riley said, "She had stage zero breast cancer, then shortly after she gets diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, so it's been a struggle but she's been maintaining a positive attitude that drives a lot of people and I really look up to that"

Steph is a 47 year old mother of two, a nurse and a military veteran, a former U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. who served in Operation Desert Storm. She's being discharged for medical reasons.

Shane said, "So that's going to reduce a lot of the money coming in for our house. We are probably going to have to move in a year, but with these guys (Harlem Wizards) coming in and raising a ton of money and publicity it's really going to help us stay in Concord, at least for another year."

To help with those mounting bills local teachers and firefighters are teaming up to take on the Wizards on the court at Concord High School.

Steph's husband is with Laconia fire department. His fellow firefighters are stepping up.

Firefighter chris Beaudoin said, "As a fire service community that's what we do. We're a brotherhood. A family. Between us and Concord, where he previously worked, everyone stepped up."

Tuesday night Shane will be the coach for "Team Steph Strong" He'll be calling the shots from the sidelines, and grateful for every single one of auditorium's 1500 seats that gets filled.

Shane said, "That really means a lot to me. It really seems like we are a tight community. Tightly bounded. Really loving."

The game starts Tuesday night at 7 o'clock. Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for kids, $14 for adults. If you would like to help the family, donations can be made at the Bank of New Hampshire - Team Steph Strong.


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