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Month 5. February 2011. Stories of Hope, Healing & Heart.

In memory of Don Brokaw, a very special cheer dad

Cheer mom Maria Furling Patrick shared, "It's more than just cheering. It's what we can give back." Cheer for a Cause celebrates you and everyone in Meridian Idaho for your caring and sharing spirit!

The cheer family spirit runs deep at Idaho Cheer University. Don Brokaw was a great man, and a cheer dad deeply dedicated to his family. After being diagnosed with cancer three years ago, Don lost his battle on January 14, 2011.

The Brokaw family has lived in Meridian, Idaho, most of their lives. Don and his wife Kristie raised their 3 daughters and five grandchildren there. Kristie has taught at Peregrine Elementary since it opened over 15 years ago. Family and friends meant everything to Don. You could always find his smile and a hug at every cheerleading practice and competition, every soccer and football game. His illness never kept him from being there for his family.

In an effort to relive some the family's financial burden, the Peregrine Elementary School PTO, headed by Carrie Thornburg, and Idaho Cheer Boosters ( headed by Terri Reno, decided to bring two of the largest networks together and create a benefit dinner in Don's memory.

On Friday, February 4th, through the inspiration and help of amazing people from both organizations, they held a Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction, along with entertainment from the 2010 Boise State University Cheerleaders.

The New Heights Christian Fellowship Church donated the hall and cooking facilities, and the community donated food, punch, etc. Idaho Cheer, the PTO and the church all made baskets for a silent auction. Many of the teachers brought deserts for a desert auction and bake sale! Donations of $5 per person or $25 maximum for a family were received for entry.

Idaho Cheer is also holding a cheerleading clinic on February 19, and all proceeds will be donated to the Don Brokaw Memorial Fund.

A little organization and a lot of heart went a long way to help the Brokaw family and bring the community together. They had only four weeks from the start of planning to the date of the event. The committee had three metings. The love and devotion for Don and his family brough it all together.

The event has raised $5700 so far and donations are still coming in! The entire community was touched by the unity and support for Don and his family.

Donations may be made to the Don Brokaw Memorial Fund at any US Bank.