Rivals lend a helping hand during tough times

Posted at 10:25 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 00:25:24-04
Recently community members were shocked to hear devastating news about one of their own, Bishop Kelly girls basketball coach Derek McCormick.
"He was diagnosed pretty unexpectedly and very quickly with leukemia," said Angelie Bauer, a teacher at Kuna High.
Coach McCormick is now undergoing Chemotherapy.
Knowing the cost of treatment, the Kuna School District decided they needed to do more than just meet MK at center court. 
"We were really looking as a community to help boost some spirits for them," said Bauer.
This Kuna School District is now trying to raise money for Coach McCormick, but they said the ball was in their court. 
"Two or three years ago when we had a football player that was hurt pretty badly at a game against Bishop Kelly they really rallied around us as a Kuna community to help boost our spirits. 
We found ourselves in a position where we were able to offer the same kind of support," explained Bauer.
They said they hope by taking some of the financial stress away from Coach McCormick, they hope he can just focus on rebounding. 
"It's really nice to see the good in people and the good in humanity that so often goes unnoticed by all the other tragedies and things that take place," said Bauer. 
Kuna High School is hosting Bishop Kelly baseball and softball on Friday April 8th at 5 p.m.
All of the proceeds from that event will go towards coach McCormick's treatment.
Spectators are encouraged to wear orange, the Leukemia awareness color.