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This Friday, DeSoto High School Head Coach Todd Peterman and his Eagles will find touchdowns will have an impact on more than just the game at hand. Football coaches don’t typically need much motivation to put more points on the board, but this Friday will be different. The Eagles will participate in the first ever Touchdowns Against Cancer campaign, which is sponsored by MaxPreps and PLEDGE IT.

By visiting the website and following the prompts to the DeSoto High School cause, fans and the community can donate to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on a per-touchdown basis over the next three games.

“It was presented to us through Max Preps. We’ve never fundraised for anything, but I thought it seemed like a neat deal,” said Peterman.

For example, if a person were to donate $5 and the Eagles put up 15 touchdowns against Irving MacArthur Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium, $75 would go to the St. Jude.

“We didn’t set a goal other than scoring a bunch of touchdowns,” he joked.

Touchdowns Against Cancer is important to the DeSoto Eagles because childhood cancer causes more deaths among young Americans than any other disease. This is their way of helping the 16,000 children and adolescents who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading in helping the world understand, treat and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes. Every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Hitting Close To Home

Peterman said the cause touches him on a personal level, and, as is the case everywhere, many people in the DeSoto community can relate. Peterman himself lost his mother to breast cancer.

“I lost my mother to breast cancer so we were more than happy to do it,” he recalled. “I was coaching in Midland on July 6, 1999, I’ll never forget it.”

Even before this tragedy, Coach Peterman has been a staunch supporter of cancer causes. His only requirement for his players is … all for one and one for all.

“We always support cancer awareness initiatives; whether it’s ‘Find A Way’ bracelets or pink Nike socks. Whatever we do we want to do it as a team.”

Donating is quick and easy.

Since 2014, PLEDGE IT has helped professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, MLL, PGA, LPGA and Olympics support their favorite charities, as well as countless colleges, high schools and youth teams.

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