Since 2012 we have raised over $52,000 for ucsd moores cancer center to help with costs of cancer research and treatment.

OUR story

Eight years ago, the creator of the Kendra Couch Classic - Keith Johnson - was inspired during a talk at his church to do more for his community. He decided that his existing role as a baseball coach at Mt. Carmel High School was the best way to do just that and the "Cancer Game" was born.

The following year, Mt. Carmel played their inaugural Cancer Game against Ramona High School. The purpose was to allow high school athletes to understand that they can make a difference in their community. That first year, $2,200 was raised by the event and donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

In the third year, Keith met Maureen Roadman.  She lives locally in Rancho Penasquitos and was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer and treated at UCSD Moores Cancer Center.  After learning about UCSD Moores and the impact they make in the community, as well how gracious and loving their staff is, we decided to partner with and donate to them moving forward.  

The annual event has steadily grown over the years and in 2017, we were able to raise over $10,500 in the game between Del Norte and Mt. Carmel. 

This past year we expanded to a tournament between eight teams in the county. We hope to continue to grow and be able to donate to UCSD Moores so that one day the cure for cancer is found and there are no more names for the back of the jerseys.


Kendra Couch

In 2012, Keith's best friend and fellow Mt. Carmel Baseball Coach, Kyle Owsley, found out that his mom - Kendra Couch - had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Bone Cancer. It was a tragic coincidence that this happened the same year that the annual Cancer Game started. 

On February 5, 2013, Kendra lost her battle at just 52 years old. This amazing and charismatic woman left behind two sons, a daughter and a wonderful husband. Her loss was felt through the community and impacted everyone whose lives she had touched. 

This year, as the Cancer Game evolved into a tournament, Keith knew that he wanted to acknowledge Kendra and her family. The Cancer Game was renamed the Kendra Couch Classic in her honor. 

To think, someone was thoughtful enough to think of you and to play for you.
— Maria Andrulonis, cancer survivor and former UCSD Moores Cancer Center patient