The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 3, 2013

W.Va. Storm to raise awareness about leukemia during weekend football game

When the West Virginia Storm and West Virginia Lightning meet up this weekend in a hard-hitting semi-pro football battle, it’s about a little more than bragging rights.

“What we’re doing is we’re trying to ask everyone to wear orange for childhood leukemia,” West Virginia Storm’s Bill Cole said.

The cause hits close to home for West Virginia Lightning’s Marshall M. Roy and Amber Curry of St. Albans. Their son, Trey, was diagnosed with the disease on July 4, 2011.

“We’re asking all fans, if they’re able, to make a donation,” Cole said.

All proceeds raised will go to the family to help cover Trey’s medical expenses, as well as other expenses the family has had while caring for Trey.

The West Virginia Storm is in its second year playing after being founded by Dave Cogar in November of 2011. They’re made up of players from Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties. So far this season, they’re 4-0 and are currently rated as the No. 5 team on the East Coast, outscoring opponents their opponents 174-41.

The Thunder are the fathers of semi-pro football in the Mountain State. They have been a dominating force in The Heartland League as well as winning numerous national championships.

While the game will be a battle between two tough teams, it will be a special day for Trey.

“Before the game we’re going to present Trey with a signed ball from both teams and let him run in a touchdown,” Cole said of the festivities.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday under tht lights at Nicholas County High School.

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