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On behalf of all those associated with the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, including Suzy Hodson who teaches at Canyon View High School, her family, Coach Blackner, Coach Potter, the CVHS administration, and the many people who volunteer their time to make this event and donation happen, we wish the very best for our beneficiaries. We also thank the teams and fans who travel to Cedar City each year to support this tremendous tournament.

This is the essence of what makes high school athletics so unique and so much more than a "game."

Year 1: 2010, Raised $2,000

Year 2: 2011, Raised $4,000

Year 3: 2012, Raised $8,000

Year 4: 2013, Raised $14,000

Year 5: 2014, Raised $8,000

Year 6: 2015, Raised $15,000

Year 7: 2016, Raised $15,000

2017-18 Recipients

Troy Goulding

Troy and Melissa Goulding have been married for 20 years and have one child Haley, age 7. Troy is a mechanic and has helped many people in this community by fixing their cars when  problems have a raised.  Troy was Diagnosed with B-cell Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in September and went straight into treatment he has not been able to work because of the treatment and the risks of infection or cutting himself. Troy will soon be heading into Transplant of stem cells in hopes to cure the ALL this will require living in SLC for three months to be followed by the transplant team in case any reactions occur. This will caused great strain on the family as they have to be away from home and Haley so that she can stay in school. Troy and his family enjoy the great outdoors camping and riding ATV’s spending time with friends and family.

Amy LaBaron

Amy LeBaron was born to Russell and Tonya Neilson on May 9, 1986 in St. George UT. She grew up in St. George, where she attended Pine View High School.  After high school, Amy attended Evans Hairstyling College where she found her talent and love, helping make others beautiful.

In 2015 Amy met and married Alex LeBaron of Cedar City. In August of 2016 she and her husband found out they were expecting twins.  Just 2 months after learning of her new babies on the way, Amy was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon cancer. The doctor’s recommendations were a tough pill to swallow, but with complete disregard for her own health risks, she was firm in her belief that she wanted to bring the twins in to her home. So that is what she did.  

On February 24, 2017, Amy gave birth to her twins. Shortly after their birth, she had surgery to remove the cancerous part of her colon and began her more aggressive chemo treatments. Amy continued to receive treatment for another 6 months finishing in November.  She recently had a CT scan and it thankfully came back clear. She will continue to receive scans and do yearly colonoscopies to monitor for further cancer.

Throughout this whole ordeal Amy has shown incredible strength.  She always found the strength to take care of her 3 children. She even found the time and energy to continue doing hair as much as possible.

Amy is currently living in Cedar City with her husband Alex and their 3 children, Bentley (3) and Emmaline and Maddox (10 months). They are all healthy, happy and incredibly blessed by the love and support that have helped see them through it all.

Mara Lambert

Cedar Middle School student Mara Lambert was born in Texas, started elementary school in Nebraska, and then moved to Cedar City with her family five years ago when her dad began teaching at Southern Utah University. She has two older brothers and one younger sister. Eric is currently serving an LDS mission in Virginia. Jensen is a senior at Cedar High School, and Eliza is in sixth grade.

A year ago, Mara was a healthy seventh grader. She enjoyed working hard in school, hanging out with friends, and swimming with the ICAT swim team. In February, Mara noticed swollen lymph nodes near her collar bone. She was eventually diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and began chemotherapy at Primary Children’s Medical Center. For someone who’d never had more than a cold in her life, Mara endured months of blood draws, IVs, x-rays, scans, shots, pills, nausea, fatigue, fever, hair loss, lack of appetite, and almost weekly trips to Primary Children’s with incredible courage and grace. She found comfort and support in her family, friends and neighbors. The Cedar Middle School community rallied around her in a remarkable way during this difficult time. When Mara wasn’t feeling well, she curled up on the couch at home and read. By the time her treatment was done, she had reread the entire Harry Potter series as well as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. At appointments, her doctors and nurses always checked to see which book she’d brought with her and commented on her progress.

Now in eighth grade, Mara loves music. She plays French Horn in the symphonic band and was recently selected to play in the Utah Junior High All State Band next month in Salt Lake City. One of her favorite holiday traditions is playing carols with her family’s brass quintet while they ring the bell for Salvation Army. Mara also plays piano and spent many years studying ballet. She enjoys sewing, drawing, and creating beautiful things.

We feel incredibly blessed that Mara’s cancer responded well to treatment. She has completed the treatment phase and is now working on overcoming the residual effects of chemotherapy so that she can return to swimming, hiking, running and other activities she enjoyed previously. She will have regular check-ups every few months for a while, but is looking forward to a cancer-free future.