Pledge It, the nation’s leading performance-based crowdfunding program, and MaxPreps have partnered to launch Touchdowns Against Cancer, the first national high school football program aimed to unify teams across the country in the fight against childhood cancer. According to touchdownsagainstcancer.com, 60,000 touchdowns are scored by high school teams across the country, while 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. From Sept. 14 to Sept. 30, every touchdown scored by a participating high school will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Fans can pledge a donation for every touchdown their team scores. A donation of $5 a touchdown is enough to provide thermometers, $10 a touchdown supplies a medical testing doll used to help patients understand medical treatments and procedures, $25 a touchdown funds rehabilitation weights, while $100 a touchdown provides one pair of child-sized crutches.

So far, 330 teams have signed up to participate, including Wortham and Meridian from Central Texas.

For more information, visit touchdownsagainstcancer.com.

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