Alli Huss felt the love and passion the Fort Dodge community provided for her throughout a spectacular high school athletic career.
Now, as Huss fights an even bigger challenge, she's continuing to receive that same support.
The 18-year-old graduate of St. Edmond High School is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is currently in Iowa City receiving chemotherapy treatments that will continue for another several weeks.
—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla
St. Edmond softball coach Paul Hunt and St. Edmond girls basketball coach Scott Messerly get their heads shaved after their dollar amouts were raised for Alli Huss.
Alli Huss’ aunt Dee Huss gets her head shaved after $5,000 was raised at Rogers Park.
by Britt Kudla
St. Edmond’s Katie Ahlers (top photo) is stunned to see her coach Paul Hunt shaving his head.
"Having a community like Fort Dodge behind me is beyond a blessing," Huss said. "The amount of support I have received is phenomenal and to see such great attitudes and offerings keeps me going down here."
The Gael softball team held a "Tribute" night for Huss, raising a total of $13,843, with donations still being added through out the night.
A raffle was conducted, with donated items, gift cards and Iowa Central scholarships all being handed out.
St. Edmond head softball coach Paul Hunt and head basketball coach Scott Messerly each shaved their heads after donation milestones were reached.
Huss, who signed to play basketball at Iowa Central before being diagnosed, finished her SEHS career as the school's third all-time leading scorer with 984 points. She helped the Gaels to three consecutive North Central Conference titles, and was also a starter on the volleyball team.
"I can't imagine going through this without the support of my friends and family back home," Huss said. "I'm still speechless and don't think I'll ever be able to thank everyone."
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is an acute form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells, characterized by the overproduction of cancerous, immature white blood cells. About 6,000 cases of ALL are reported in the United States every year.