Fans encouraged to wear orange to honor Misenheimer

West Montgomery teacher and coach Ben Misenheimer died Jul. 15, 2015, following a brief illness. (family photo via Facebook)

West Montgomery teacher and coach Ben Misenheimer died Jul. 15, 2015, following a brief illness. (family photo via Facebook)

Those planning to attend the West Montgomery High School football game Friday night at West Stanly are being encouraged to wear orange. The so-called “orange out” has been organized to raise awareness about leukemia and to honor the memory of Ben Misenheimer, the teacher and coach who died last month following a short battle with leukemia.

The 30-year-old Misenheimer suffered a brain hemorrhage Jul. 10 and was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He remained hospitalized and underwent surgery in Charlotte, where he died Jul. 15.

Ben Misenheimer was a Stanly County native and a teacher and coach at West Stanly High School from 2011 to 2014. He began working at West Montgomery just last year, teaching math and serving as the head coach of the varsity baseball team. He was also the interim varsity basketball coach this past season.

In addition to the “orange out”, fund raising activities at Friday’s game will help support a scholarship established in Misenheimer’s name.

 

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