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South Forsyth DECA fundraiser to benefit student with leukemia
ice skating

If you go

• What: Hope on Ice benefit for Connon McMahon

• When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m.

• Where: The ICE, 1345 Atlanta Highway

• Cost: $25

South Forsyth High School’s DECA chapter will hold an open skate fundraiser at The ICE on Saturday to raise money for a student who is battling leukemia for the third time.

Hope on Ice will be held from 7-9 p.m. at 1345 Atlanta Highway, Cumming. The cost is $25 per participant, and attendees will receive a T-shirt.

The fundraiser benefits 15-year-old Connor McMahon, a sophomore at South who has been fighting cancer for 13 years.

An avid ice hockey player, South Forsyth’s DECA website wrote, “despite all of the challenges he’s faced throughout almost his entire life, Connor still finds the strength to go to hockey practice, participate in tournaments and do online school.”

Saturday’s event will support a new treatment for McMahon, called T-cell therapy.

Due to his cancer’s reoccurrence, the treatment is one of McMahon’s best options, with the therapy genetically engineering his blood cells to fight the cancer.

However, many costs associated with the treatment are not covered by insurance and DECA wants to “take some of the weight off of [the family’s] shoulders.”

In addition to the open skate, the event will have food, drinks, games, prizes and raffles.

Registration will remain open until Saturday, and those interested but without access to a computer can sign up at the door, beginning at 7 p.m.

Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to fill out a waiver.

For more information and to register online, visit