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      Basketball tournament slam dunks nearly $5,000 toward cancer research

      Money raised today will go to benefit cancer research

      Seventeen year old Brenden Fesinger has been battling brain cancer since 2011. The former Westhill JV Basketball guard is still playing and because of hid love for the game, his family and friends organized a three on three basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research.

      Michael Acchione put together this tournament for his friend. "We wanted to do something very special for him and I've been planning this for the past three months now and we have a great turn out and we really want to do something great for him," says Acchione.

      Brenden had a tumor removed in April of 2011 before undergoing radiation later that summer. His tumor has since come back and Brenden will need future treatments. Doctors in Boston are closely monitoring his progress while doing MRI scans to keep and eye on the tumor.

      His mother Michelle Fesinger remembers how hard this was on her and her family. "A lot of tears have been shed, but we know that with God on our side that he has taken this and he will take us through this," says Fesinger.

      The family now wants to help others. They know what this feeling is like and how vitally important cancer research has been in Brenden's life. All the money they're raising today is going toward the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children's Hospital and the Jimmy Fund to help others like Brenden. He is also thankful to his friends and family members who helped to organize today's event.

      " It's just amazing. Mike put so much hard work into it and to everybody who came out here, I'm just grateful that they donated money . T here's baked goods you can buy and it will all go to Dana Farber , it's just amazing," says Fesinger.