On the field and off the field, Marmion quarterback Brock Krueger intends to lead two great campaigns this fall.
Marmion is 6-2 on the season and will be playoff-bound after closing the regular season Saturday at Walther Lutheran. While quarterbacking the Cadets in his pink socks is of high importance to Krueger, raising breast cancer awareness is a top priority.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Krueger, now a senior, began his breast cancer awareness campaign during his freshman year at Marmion. Krueger wanted to honor his grandmother, Cynthia Carroll, who died of breast cancer at the age of 54 before he was born.
“Raising awareness and raising money for breast cancer has become a part of life,” Krueger said. “Of course having my grandma pass away before I could meet her due to breast cancer made a bigger impact to me.”
Krueger and his mother, Crystal, are coordinating the third annual Run For the Pink Twilight 5K at Marmion beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday. Registration starts at 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event, along with the sales from shirts, camouflage pink and white hats, headbands, gloves and bracelets, which have been on sale at the home football games, will go to LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.
“The number of participants in the race has increased every year,” Krueger said. “This will be the third year we are having it. I remember the first year, we had the race and it was a really good turnout, especially for a small school like ours. It is nice to see everyone participating.”
Crystal Krueger has been supportive throughout her son’s awareness campaign.
“Brock has always been aware of breast cancer because of the death of my mother, and my aunt, who is still alive,” Crystal Krueger said. “He always wishes that he could have done something for his grandmother because she was only 54 years old. He is remarkable, he cares about others. He surprises me with his ideas.”
To date, Krueger has raised more than $21,000 for the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center through his fundraisers at Marmion. Lori Hansen, special events coordinator at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, said she and the rest of the staff have appreciated Krueger’s efforts.
“Brock, with the help of his mom, has helped thousands of cancer patients and survivors here at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center,” Hansen said. “... We have 100 percent free programming, so we don’t get any state or federal funding. Brock realized this, and after the loss of his grandmother, he and his mom have dedicated their time to these wonderful fundraisers.”
Krueger – who lists Miami (Ohio), Kent State, Butler and Drake among the schools he is considering for college football – said the fundraising “gives me a feeling of accomplishment that I can make an impact on a lot of people’s lives.
“It started off as wanting to wear pink socks, and now it has turned into raising over $21,000.”