Ray Tanner, USC Coaches Donate to Fight Children's Cancer

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USC coaches and Curing Kids Cancer present a check to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. (Nov. 10, 2011)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - There's more money in the fight against children's cancer, thanks to a donation from the USC baseball coaching staff.

Head Coach Ray Tanner, Assistant Coach Chad Holbrook, and Curing Kids Cancer presented a $20,000 check to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital's Cancer Center Thursday morning.

The money will go specifically to the hospital's center for cancer and blood disorders.

"We hope someday that we don't have too many occasions like this if we come up with a solution, curing kids cancer," Tanner said. "But it takes research. It takes a lot of dollars and effort and this is why we're here today."

Pediatric cancer is an issue that hits close to home with the Gamecocks. Coach Holbrook's son Reece is a childhood leukemia survivor, and you'll remember the 2010 baseball team dedicated their season to Bayler Teal. The seven-year-old Gamecock fan who passed away just days before the team won their first College World Series title.

Officials with Curing Kids cancer say that one of their main goals is make sure children have access to cutting edge cancer treatment.

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