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On January 28th, Lander Valley High School hosted the annual Riverton Vs. Lander basketball series.

Fans who attended that game were encouraged to donate, in lieu of an entrance fee, to the family of LVHS 9th grader Raiden Haberman. Haberman was recently diagnosed with Chordoma, a rare brain cancer that occurs in the bone at the base of the skull and spine. Raiden has undergone three surgeries, including one very recently. Next up, it’s eight weeks of radiation.

Ultimately, Lander and Riverton fans together, raised $3,500 that will go to the family’s medical and travel expenses.

Raiden also received some extra support from one of the game’s referees. Rock Springs’ Mike Maloney sent a note and a donation to the Haberman family.

The note posted below reads;

Hello Raiden,

I know we have never met. Hopefully we can meet someday. I refereed the basketball games between Riverton and Lander this past Tuesday. I knew a special event took place between games but was in the locker room and didn’t know any specifics. When I heard about your situation, I wanted to help. My 7-year-old niece, Maryn, and my family have been forever impacted by brain cancer. I have become much more aware and involved in cancer awareness and fundraisers. Enclosed you will find my referee fees from the Riverton @ Lander games. 

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Be Strong Raiden!

Mike Maloney 

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