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Bucks MACC Fund game moves beyond NBA lockout

Bucks MACC Fund game moves beyond NBA lockout

By The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Dec 21, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec 21, 2011

MILWAUKEE - It's an annual tradition to help fight childhood cancer.

This year, the NBA lockout threatened the Bucks-MACC Fund game, but the big fundraiser happened Wednesday. 

Jack Bartosz has had quite a year, being on a Wheaties box, designing the MACC star, and serving as honorary captain at the 35th annual MACC Fund game Thursday night.

It was a night crucial to the MACC Fund's mission.  After months of worrying the NBA season, and this game, the MACC Fund's John Cary was overcome.

"I walked up to the Bradley Center after parking my car and i started to cry," Cary said.  "I guess that answers it."

But the Bucks found a way.

They devoted their only home pre-season game to the cause of fighting childhood cancer.

Jack has been fighting neuroblastoma -- a brain cancer most of his life.  His mom says this game gave him reason to stay strong through his latest round of treatment.

"The Bucks game gave him a real boost," Sarah Bartosz said.  "I was concerned he might still be in the hospital for Christmas, but as soon as he remembered the Bucks game was tonight and he could be here, it was all over."

Despite the success of the MACC Fund Game, the Bucks let it slip away on the court.  The Minnesota Timberwolves made a last-minute comeback to take down the Bucks, 85-84.