Event will raise funds for local nine-year-old battling brain tumor

Claire Bennett
Area businesses and individuals are being invited to help out with a fundraising effort for a nine-year-old Albion girl who has been battling a brain tumor for the past five years.
Claire Bennett, daughter of Ross and Nicole Bennett of Albion, has undergone several surgeries due to a tumor deep in her brain.
May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and a special fundraising effort is being spearheaded by Applied Connective Technologies.
A special event to support Claire will be a “matball” game on Thursday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. featuring staff and teachers at the Boone Central football field.
Matball is a version of kickball that has become something of a tradition at Boone Central.
Applied Connective is challenging the Boone County business community to join in raising a total of $10,000 for the TeamJack Foundation on Claire’s behalf to support pediatric brain cancer research and awareness. Starting May 1 and continuing through the end of the month, Applied Connective will match all new donations to the Bennett family’s GoFundMe page dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 total, including the matball event.
Claire is a third grader at Boone Central. Her tumor was successfully removed last December, but she faces several years of follow-up treatment.
Complete story in the May 4 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, print and e-editions.