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Bay area coaches, alumni support Freedom's Pacholke

To support Freedom Coach Laurie Pacholke's fight against cancer a GoFundMe page has been set up. Click here to be directed to that link.

By Jarrett Guthrie

ST. PETERSBURG – With a message on Twitter in April, longtime Freedom girls basketball coach Laurie Pacholke announced she was stepping away from her position to take on her biggest opponent – stage IV Non-Hodgkins lymphoma – with a message fitting of her two-decades of fierce competitiveness on the basketball courts in the area.

The message read in part: “I will not back down from this and look forward to the day that I return to the game.”

Pacholke continues her fight against cancer, and the support she’s received from family, friends, colleagues and former rivals has been abundant.

On Saturday, that support was on full display as coaches from both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, alumni basketball players from both sides of Tampa Bay, and friends and fans took to the gymnasium at Keswick Christian School for the fundrai…

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