by Anayeli Ruiz
FORSAN - For years Forsan and Coahoma have battled it out on the playing field but now these two rival high schools are putting aside their differences and joining together in a fight to help someone who has strong ties to both communities.
Howard County residents are lacing up their shoe laces to help a local man fight for his life. They are hosting a benefit race to raise money for a local man in need.
"It's a terrible thing to go through. When you get people like that behind you and helping, you can't help being overjoyed and humbled by a lot of stuff," Bob Fishback said.
53-year-old Bob Fishback is the Technology Director at Forsan ISD. He recently found out he has cancer for the second time. The first bout with cancer left him without his left kidney. This second time he had part of his liver removed and still has to undergo treatment.
"After we heard Bob was sick again, we all were talking how we could help Bob out. We decided that it would be a good idea to have a race," Odis Franklin with Coahoma ISD, said.
So Coahoma residents called up Big Spring to do the benefit race at the Comanche Trail Park, and soon everyone from Forsan, Coahoma and Big Spring jumped on board.
"Its amazing Forsan and Coahoma, have always been rivals in sports, but community wise we're real close," Franklin said.
"They told me what they were thinking about doing and as soon as I hung up, I started crying, because you start realizing how much people mean to you that you been with all your life," Fishback said.
Bob Fishback has to begin treatment for cancer this June the community just wants to help out with some of the expenses.
"It's very humbling, it makes you realize how much you love people, and you just wanting to keep fighting and hang on, so you can keep enjoying the relationships for many years to come," Fishback said.
The race will be held on Saturday morning at 8am in Comanche Trail Park. The entry fee is twenty dollars and all money will go to the Fishback family.