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Bo Ryan among hundreds of attendees at Coaches vs. Cancer Gala

MADISON (WKOW) — Hundreds of people were at Monona Terrace Saturday night for the Coaches vs. Cancer Gala.

The ceremony honored people who display courage, passion and hope in the face of adversity.

This year’s recipient is cancer survivor Mackenzie Valentyn, who was diagnosed with lymphoma while she was pregnant and delayed treatment until after her daughter was born.

Former Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan helped to organize the event.

“If someone in our world today does not know someone who has been affected by cancer, then I don’t know who they are,” Ryan said. “So since everyone is affected, I think what has happened is we’ll have over 700 people here tonight that are here to support the cause.”

The Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala is the most successful American Cancer Society gala of its kind, having raised over $7.1 million since it started.

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