The late Senator Dave Arnold will be honored at a game this evening at his alma mater.
The Cedar Crest girls field hockey team plays Garden Spot tonight, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Cedar Crest High School. The Falcons will wear “Gray Out” warm-up shirts for the game.
The team will also be hosting a fundraiser, “Gray Out for Brain Tumor Research,” at the game in honor of Arnold, a 1989 graduate of Cedar Crest.
T-shirts will also be on sale for $15 each. All funds raised during the fundraiser will be donated to the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to continue their research on brain tumors.
Penn State Hershey will have a booth set up at the game, and the neurosurgery team that treated Arnold will attend the game.
Arnold died on Jan. 17 after a battle with brain cancer. His family and the medical team hope that their fundraiser will support the efforts that are being made toward finding a cure for the deadly disease.
Arnold’s widow Alicia and daughter Reese are the head coach and a defender on the girls field hockey team, respectively. During the 2020 season, the late senator had attended every Falcon field hockey game, regardless of how exhausted his cancer treatments made him.
After graduating from Cedar Crest in 1989, Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and then a law degree from Widener University.
From 2006 to 2020, Arnold served as Lebanon County’s District Attorney. In 2020, he ran for the 48th District Pennsylvania Senate seat, which he won. Arnold was sworn into office in January 2021.
On June 24, 2021, Arnold delivered a speech on the Senate floor in which he deemed June 2020 as Cancer Survivors Recognition Month.
“There is no cure for most of the current survivors of cancer, but to all survivors, I say thank you,” he said. “You give those of us who are afflicted the strength to keep fighting on ourselves. Some of us will win the battle; sadly, many of us will not. All are heroes the same to me, and I pray for all of you.”
No one is immune to brain tumors as well as other types of cancer. Brain cancer can impact anyone of any age, gender, or ethnicity. There are environmental and genetical risk factors that might increase one’s chance of developing cancer.
According to the Central Brain Tumor of the United States annual report, more than 700,000 American citizens currently live with a brain tumor. Survival rates vary, and may depend on various factors.
For more information about the fundraiser or more statistics on brain tumors, visit the Gray Out in memory of David Arnold page on the Penn State Health website.
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