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The Shannon O'Hara benefit

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's not always about the win. Sometimes it's about how you play the game and the Rochester Athletic Club (RAC) is playing for Shannon O'Hara.

Diagnosed last April, Shannon is continuing her battle against an inoperable tumor. The RAC tennis staff hosted a two-hour fundraiser to help with the O'Hara family finances on December 16th.

RAC tennis instructor, Brent Frueh says, "Through all of her chemo, through all of her medications, through all of everything that defied all logic...she played with her hockey team and traveled all the way up until just a few days ago."

Shannon started out at Mayo Clinic and has just recently moved to Saint Jude's Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. This is where she is participating in a clinical trail and taking another step in her journey of time. 

Frueh says, "When life deals you a blow you just have to fight back and maybe it's the athletes in both Shannon's parents and I know Shannon so into her sports too I think it might just be a natural trait...you can either lay down or you can fight and she's been a great fighter."

The O'Hara family is full of athletes and sports lovers. It only makes since that the benefit took place at the RAC, a place that Shannon's mom also teaches tennis lessons.

Susan Krecke, a friend and supporter of the O'Hara family says, "Situations like this can be overwhelming for the family and you want to help but you don't want to step on any toes. This benefit will provide both emotional and financial support for the O'Hara family and not overwhelm them."

RAC tennis staff put together a silent auction and raffle for the event. The silent auction included two tickets to the U.S. Open semi-finals and finals, as well as any home Notre Dame game. The raffle included personal training sessions, tennis lessons, free monthly RAC dues and much more.

If you want to donate to the family, you can do so at any Wells Fargo Bank. Tell them you want to give to "The Shannon Trust".

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