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Lutheran St. Charles cager uses milestone to help fight cancer

Gathered for a good cause (from left) are Taetumn Soaib, Paige Bredensteiner, Katie Umbach, Madison Knoblauch, Savannah Kluesner, Kelsi Durkee, Claire Schumacher, Amanda Ernstmeyer and Grace Civey.                                                    (Photo courtesy of Coach Erin Luttschwager)

Gathered for a good cause (from left) are Taetumn Soaib, Paige Bredensteiner, Katie Umbach, Madison Knoblauch, Savannah Kluesner, Kelsi Durkee, Claire Schumacher, Amanda Ernstmeyer and Grace Civey. (Photo courtesy of Coach Erin Luttschwager)

Savannah Kluesner knew the night had all the makings of being special and historic for her. But for the Lutheran St. Charles junior post player, sharing it – and helping others in the process – was something she was more than happy to do.

The chance to score her 1,000th career point started Kluesner thinking of giving back in a meaningful way.

Kluesner’s goal was to raise $1,000 to coincide with her reaching 1,000 points for her career. And she hoped to do so as part of Lutheran St. Charles’ Pink Out Night against Archdiocesan Athletic Conference rival St. Dominic on Jan. 23.

“I know how bad cancer can be because my grandpa passed away from it five years ago,” Kluesner said. “So, I thought I might as well take advantage of trying to help out by trying to raise $1,000 on our “Pink Out” night to go with the scoring 1,000 points.”

Although Lutheran St. Charles fell to St. Dominic (44-26) on that night, it was still a special time for Kluesner and the school community, when funds were raised for cancer and Kluesner achieved her 1,000 point goal.

“Coach Luttschwager and I talked and looked at the schedule and when we figured I might score my 1,000th point on Pink Out Night I decided to send out emails and set up an online site with the American Cancer Society to raise funds,” Kluesner said.

The online campaign allowed her to raise roughly $1,300.

Kluesner broke the 1,000 point barrier with a second-quarter free throw as she rolled her way to a 16-point night against St. Dominic.

In addition to the 1,000 points/$1,000 campaign led by Kluesner, the school held a Miracle Minute donation between the third and fourth quarters of the game.

“Between the third and fourth quarters, we put a minute on the clock and passed around pink buckets. We were trying to raise $1,000,” Kluesner said.

The Miracle Minute netted almost $700 and left Kluesner feeling extremely glad that she could use her special night to be a major help to those affected by cancer.

“It was awesome. I’m glad I could give back with my abilities and give back to other people that are less fortunate,” Kluesner said.

Lutheran St. Charles coach Erin Luttschwager said she is very proud of Kluesner.

“She took the initiative to send out emails, letters and solicit donations and this is someone who was about to reach a milestone that only four kids have achieved,” Luttschwager said. “For someone who was achieving such a milestone and to use that to impact other people, I thought it was a phenomenal idea and I was really proud of that.”

In addition to the Pink Out game, Lutheran St. Charles raised funds with food truck sales and sales of beads and T-shirts with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

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