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Williamston basketball coach finds support in Haslett community

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T-shirts lined up in the Haslett High School cafeteria were a chance for people to show their support for the Bauer family.

T-shirts lined up in the Haslett High School cafeteria were a chance for people to show their support for the Bauer family.

T-shirts lined up in the Haslett High School cafeteria were a chance for people to show their support for the Bauer family.

Story: Katelyn Lee, Staff Writer

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Rather than being courtside for what could be considered the biggest game of the season, Williamston Boys Varsity Basketball head coach Jason Bauer sat at home, yelling and clenching his fists as he listened to his boys play in the state semifinals against Detroit Henry Ford.
After suffering from persistent headaches, 36-year-old Bauer went to an Urgent Care in Okemos weeks before the state semifinals to figure out what was wrong. The headaches worsened and soon he began vomiting.
Bauer was then taken to the emergency room at Sparrow Hospital, where he sat patiently waiting, anticipating the worst. After various tests and a CAT Scan his worst nightmares had come true. He had three brain tumors.
Bauer’s doctors immediately operated to remove the two brain tumors they could, and set him up for radiation to cure the third. Thanks to those doctors he is alive to see another day.
Bauer has played a big role in his players’ lives on and off the court, continuously teaching them skills used in the game of basketball and in their daily lives. Those in the community and surrounding areas thought it was necessary to give love and support to Jason, his wife and 4 kids, in a time of need. This love and support led to the Haslett community holding a fundraiser to raise money for Bauer and his family.
Colleen Smith had taken charge of the cause.
“The fundraiser was put on by my husband and I, Chris, whom is the varsity boys basketball coach here at Haslett. I put together a silent auction that included many local restaurants and small businesses in the greater Lansing area,” Smith said.
Schools from all around the area have contributed to the fundraising including DeWitt, Williamston, Okemos and Lansing Catholic. All the proceeds went to the Bauer family to cover medical expenses and anything else needed.
“Members of the Haslett boys basketball program shot free throws and all proceeds went to the Bauer family to support them in their battle with cancer,” Smith said.
Luckily, Bauer’s health is now improving and he is back home with his family. Other fundraisers, including a golf outing at Brookshire Golf Course, are scheduled to continue to help him and his family cover medical expenses and various other needs.

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