Video game cancer benefit raises funds for treatment

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Over 200 people attended the Super Smash Bros. video game fundraising event Saturday at Take Root Cafe in Kirksville.

A little over $1,000 was collected to help pay for cancer treatment.

Kirksville High School Senior Jared Grgurich planned the fundraiser for fellow classmate Eva Buck.

Buck was diagnosed with Lymphoma at the end of October.

Grgurich, an avid gamer himself, wanted to help in a fun way.

"I was originally playing in a video game tournament and also found out about Eva around the same time. I thought this would be something great and we put it together to help raise fund's for Eva's treatment," said Grgurich.

When Buck was going through the early stages of cancer, she saw it more of a relief once the doctors found a diagnosis.

Buck was grateful for the response from the community.

"It's actually kind of funny when Jared brought it up to me. He asked me if I would feel comfortable if they could raise funds for me. It was during a week of treatment and chemo brain set in it was kind of hazy for me but if my parents are fine with it I guess it's fine. As the day got closer and closer, I realized how real it was it was happening. People were sharing it on Facebook. People were sharing it everywhere. I saw my name where it said "proceeds go to Eva Buck" and I'm like that's crazy. It's shocking and heartwarming at the same time. I didn't think this many people would support something like that," said Buck.

Buck and Grgurich would like to thank the Kirksville community and Take Root Cafe for all the love and support.

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