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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:20 am

Friends and family of former Albia Community High School four-sport standout and Simpson College All-American Matt Chance, will be holding a benefit at Albia Golf on Saturday, July 22 to help offset medical costs for his cancer treatment.

Chance, a 1992 graduate of ACHS, is the brother of Lisa Cox and Mitch Chance, both of Albia. He is being treated for head and neck cancer after finding a lump in the right side of his neck. Surgical exploration led to doctors finding that Chance had cancer. Chance began an aggressive cancer treatment that includes radiation treatment five days per week and chemotherapy every three weeks. His treatments are scheduled to end July 19.

A Lovilia native, Chance starred in track, cross country, basketball and baseball for Albia, competing in the state cross country and track meets as well as the Drake Relays. He became the top distance runner in Simpson College history. A two-time All Iowa Conference and two-time All Region cross country runner, he qualified for nationals in 1996. He was four-time IIAC 5,000 meter champion, 1996 IIAC 10,000 meter champion and a three-time All-American in the 5,000 meters.

He is the only multi-time All-American distance runner in Simpson College history and was inducted into the Simpson College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

He graduated from Simpson in 1997 with degrees in physical education and health and earned his master’s in education from Lindenwood University in 2002. He and his wife, Kim, a kindergarten teacher and two sons, Ben and Brock, have lived in Bowling Green, Mo., where he still coaches track and cross country. He has coached Bowling Green high school to numerous conference and state titles in cross country and track. Chance was named Missouri Coach of the Year in cross country in 2004, 2009 and 2010. His girls track teams won state titles in the 4 x 800 relay in both 2016 and 2017. Bowling Green held a benefit run for him last weekend where nephews Mason and Jaylon Cox competed with over 250 runners.

The benefit at Albia Golf on July 22 is a 4-person best ball format which begins at 11 a.m. A silent auction throughout the day will include a variety of donated items including Iowa Hawkeye football, basketball and wrestling tickets. There is a 6 p.m. bar-be-que dinner for the cost of $10 per person. Lisa Cox and Paul Hatfield will be providing live music starting at 8 p.m. with Stone Lily playing at 9 p.m.

For more information, to sign up for the golf tournament or to donate to the auction, contact Jeff Cox at 641-777-7173.

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