Sept. 30, 2010
Horace Mann Students Give Donation to Former Bearcat Battling Cancer
By Mark Hornickel
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Students at Northwest Missouri State University's Horace Mann Laboratory School on Wednesday made a donation to help a member of the Northwest family in his fight against cancer.
The school presented $110 to Joel Osborn that the students raised during their recent "Caps off for Cancer" campaign. Osborn, a graduate assistant and former quarterback for the Bearcats football team, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.
"You have no idea how much this helps," Osborn told the students and teachers who gathered for the presentation as part of a school assembly Wednesday morning. "You guys did a very good thing."
The idea for "Caps off for Cancer" stemmed from a recent Parent Advisory Council meeting where parents discussed the importance of Horace Mann students becoming more involved with charity and philanthropic activities, Horace Mann Director Monica Landess said. Students were allowed to wear hats to the school Friday but had to contribute $1 for the right to wear their caps.
Afterward, parents and staff agreed to donate the money to Osborn, Landess said.
"Cancer has touched so many of our lives in one way or another," Landess said. "This was one way we could contribute and make a difference in the lives of a local family and have fun at the same time. Joel was the perfect person - he has been a positive role model for the Horace Mann students from the first day he walked on the Northwest campus."
Doctors diagnosed Osborn last fall. He has been undergoing chemotherapy since July and is completing the final round of his treatment this week. Osborn and his newlywed wife Audrey said the donation will help with medical expenses.
"The treatment is going well and the results have been good," Osborn said. "We'll just have to wait and see, but everything's gone well so far."
Osborn was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Bearcats in 2007 and 2008, helping the team to national championship game appearances in both seasons. He led the MIAA by throwing for 3,249 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season on his way to being named MIAA Offensive Player of the Year.
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