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KC raises money for principal, cancer institute

Brenda Knoll, Karns City principal was honored at the football game on Friday. Holly Mead/ Special to the Butler Eagle

At the Karns City high school football game Friday night, students and fans wore shirts that said “Knoll Strong” in support of their principal undergoing cancer treatment, Brenda Knoll.

The proceeds from the almost 600 shirts sold totaled $5,000, which was recognized at the “pink out” football game.

Half of the funds will benefit Knoll and the other half will be donated to the Magee-Womens Research Institute, according to Bob Hackbarth, treasurer of the boosters organization, the Karns City Gremlin Quarterback Club.

Knoll said she was stunned by the support.

“The kids have on the shirts, the adults have on the shirts, little kids from the elementary school ... I’m overwhelmed at the response and the support. Now, that I’m in the middle of this cancer diagnosis, the support gets you through the days,” she said. “I’m blessed to be a part of this community and blessed to have so many people thinking of me.”

Knoll said she was thankful to those who showed up for her in any capacity.

“I’d like to say thank you ... this donation to breast cancer research at Magee, this isn’t just for me, this is for other members of the community. Almost everyone here can probably think of someone with some form of cancer,” she said. “It’s (this community) that’s going to help get me through.”

Karns City high school's fans wore their pink to show support of principal, Brenda Knoll at Friday night's football game.Holly Mead/ Special to the Butler Eagle
Karns City Quarterback Club present a check for $2500 to principal Brenda Knoll.Holly Mead/ Special to the Butler Eagle
Karns City Athletic Director, Josh Williams shows his support for Principal, Brenda Knoll at Friday night's football game.Holly Mead/ Special to the Butler Eagle
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