King William County, Virginia (WRIC) – The community is teaming up to help the King William County family after their son was diagnosed with brain cancer.
At the same time, this family is doing its best to help other families who are in the same situation, even if they are overwhelmed by hospital visits and bills.
On Monday night, King William’s High School Hall was crowded in support of Mickey Coffin, a 15-year-old high school sophomore battling brain cancer.
The theme of the volunteer basketball game between staff and students was called “Micah’s Ball”.
“Every time I think about it, I cry because it’s just an outpouring of love not only from King William High School, but from all aspects of our community,” said Tom Coffin, Mickey’s dad.
In December 2021, Mick Coffin was diagnosed with germinoma, a type of brain cancer. He has since undergone several surgeries and chemotherapy at the Commonwealth University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.
Mihai’s mother, Tisha Kofin, documented every moment of his journey that the family had to go through.
The game was organized by the President of the King William High School Student Council Association Eli Hubbard. All money from the game and pre-sold items will go to the Coffin family.
“It was scary that it could happen to someone who is so close to us,” Hubbard told 8News in an interview Monday.
Tom Coffin said the support from the community was “indescribable”.
As Mickey’s football coach at Mechanicsville United Football Club Sabors, Coffin plans to use the team as a fundraising platform to inform children about cancer.
“I can’t sit aside and give to these people who help us,” he cried.
The team plans to raise money for organizations that help families suffering from childhood cancer, such as the Ronald McDonald House, the Ask Children’s Cancer Foundation and Conner’s Heroes.
“It’s about Micah, but it’s more than Micah. It’s about giving back to the families who follow us to feel the same level of comfort as we do, ”Tom Coffin said.
Coffins said Mickey’s germinoma is not terminal. Mika said he only had a few treatments left.