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Catamount Cheerleading Participates in Fred Spanton 5-K

Dec. 11, 2012

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Cullowhee, N.C. - Back on October 21, the Western Carolina Cheerleaders participated in the first-ever "Fred Spanton 5-K" run to raise money for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

Former Catamount Cheerleader, Amber Spanton, organized the run in memory of her father - and her and WCU cheerleading's biggest fan - who lost his courageous battle with lung cancer earlier in the year. The first event raised $7,400 for lung cancer research with the Catamount cheerleaders - who all ran in the road race - adding $600 to that overall amount.

"What we remember most about Fred Spanton was he that he was always in the stands at E.J. Whitmire Stadium or in the Ramsey Center supporting his daughter, Amber, but also Western Carolina athletics," said WCU head cheerleading coach, Kim Cherry-Beck. "We were thrilled to participate in the Fred Spanton 5-K back in October. It was awesome for our current team to come together along with WCU Cheer alumni, all in support of one of our own in Amber. It was a special day and we look forward to continuing our involvement with this for years to come!"

Funds from the event were sent to the California-based Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. For more information - or if you would like to contribute in the memory of Fred Spanton - please visit or