County man touched by leukemia goes for world-record fundraiser




A Center Grove area man has seen leukemia kill his wife, and blood cancers have taken the lives of his business partner, his friends and other people close to him.

John Merrill hopes to have an impact in the fight against leukemia and other blood cancers by raising $150,000 for research. His main fundraiser will be a massive session of “knockout,” the popular playground basketball game, on Sunday. The world record for most people in a game of knockout is 571, and Merrill thinks his game can surpass that.

“It will provide some healing for the community as well as raise awareness and vital funds to find a cure. Not just for blood cancers, but for all cancers,” Merrill said.

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