Mia Strong Night at Robert Stuart Middle School raises hundreds for rival player

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Mia Trease is a typical middle school volleyball player, except when she's driving to Salt Lake every other week for cancer fighting treatments.

But Tuesday Mia got to be a spectator for her friends as her school Filer Middle School faced off with Robert Stuart Middle School on the court.

This match, however, was about more than just who wins and who loses.

"This fundraiser is for Mia Trease and her family," said Robert Stuart Athletic Director Nate Losser.

When the rival team offered to host a fundraiser, Mia's parents said they were surprised.

"My husband was the one that told me and I said, what school?" said Mia's mom Amaris Trease.

She said this reminds her how special the Magic Valley is.

"It just cemented even more that this community is like a whole and that they're behind her in this battle," she said.

All of the proceeds from ticket sales and concessions went to Mia and her fight, and not just from volleyball, but from soccer and football, too.

"We want to help out Mia and her family, and this is one way we can do it, and we want to do more," Losser said.

The rival school will continue to raise money for Mia throughout the school year.

Between all of the games and extra donations from the crowd, the night raised $700 for Mia, something her mom said is overwhelming.

"Everyday there's something else, and I keep thinking I'll run out of tears," she said. "Just thank you. I feel like that's all I say but I mean we mean it. And we're thankful for everyone's love and support in cheering her on."

If you missed the event, you can also donate to Mia at any of the Magic Valley US Bank locations.

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