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A Fargo teen's battle with cancer is bringing 2 rival teams together

Fargo Davies and Fargo South cross country teams come together to raise money for a teammate.

Cross Country Fundraiser
Athletes from Fargo South and Davies wash cars and sell baked goods together at their annual fundraiser.
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FARGO — It looked like your typical car wash fundraiser Thursday, Aug. 11, but this one meant a little more for cross country runners from Fargo South and Fargo Davies High School.

"We found out not too long ago that a freshman named Clara from the South team was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma this summer," said Cierra Bornemann, a junior at Fargo Davies High School.

Clara Motchenbacher is 14 years old, going into her freshman year at Fargo South High School. In May, she was stopped in her tracks when doctors diagnosed her with cancer.

"Clara is a quiet, but super hard-working kid" said Jason Swier, head coach of the cross country team at Fargo South. "One of those that just shows up with a smile on her face every single day. So, she's been going through various treatments all summer and attacking them all with a smile on her face."

The head coach of the Davies cross country team, Jason Edwards, heard the news of Clara's battle and was quick to bring the two teams together for a car wash and bake sale fundraiser to help Clara and her family through these difficult times. His runners were quick to follow.


"Cross country, we are all like a family, and you just feel like one of your family members is going through this, and you just want to support them even if you don't know them very well," said Cadence Modin, a fellow junior at Fargo Davies.

Fargo South and Fargo Davies are two teams that are rivals in sport, but are joined together for a common cause.

"We have a long history together. Davies and South were once one and the same. Now we have the ability for cross country kids to get together and learn each other's names and get familiar and build community in Fargo, it has been a really positive thing. So, I hope we can do something together going forward and keep some bond between us," Swier said.

People who would like to help Motchenbacher and her family can visit their Lend a Hand Up page.

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