Pinellas Park Boys Basketball Team To Raise Money For Lupus Foundation
Since his brother was diagnosed with lupus, Pinellas Park High School boys basketball coach Jon Cabino is hosting a basketball game with all proceeds to go to a lupus foundation to help find a cure.
Two years ago, not long after Jon Cabino was named the head boys basketball coach at Pinellas Park High School, he received devastating news.
Cabino's brother, Bobby, 34, was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic disease that can damage and attacks the immune system. There is no known cure for lupus.
"I didn't know what it was, I didn't know what to do," Cabino said.
So he turned to basketball.
Last year, his team, the Patriots, held a basketball game at the school. To help out, the community donated their time: officials worked the game for free, many volunteers came on their own time to work the concession stand, take the gate receipts, and clean the premises after the game.
"We raised $1,500 last year," Cabino said.
He hopes to do that again today.
Pinellas Park will face St. Petersburg Catholic at 7:30 p.m. All monies from admittance ($5) and concessions will go to a lupus foundation.
"We'll even have a donation jar if people want to additionally help out," Cabino said.