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Empire will hold charity basketball game Thursday to help basketball player's cancer fight
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Empire will hold charity basketball game Thursday to help basketball player's cancer fight

Empire High School basketball standout Noah Nieto was diagnosed with chondroblastic osteosarcoma in August.

Noah Nieto's life changed over the summer.

In August, Nieto — an Empire High School basketball player — was diagnosed with chondroblastic osteosarcoma and began a 17-week stretch of chemotherapy treatments. Nieto, who is also a standout discus thrower, still needs surgery to remove a tumor located near his pelvis. 

"There's still a possibility he'll lose his leg, because you don’t know how it’s going to respond to the chemo," DeAun Nieto, Noah's mom, told the Arizona Republic. "We're moving forward with a little bit of hope."

Empire is hosting a handful of events in the coming weeks to help Nieto and his family. 

The Ravens will host rival Cienega in an exhibition basketball game on Thursday night, with 50% of the proceeds going to Nieto's family. Tickets for the 6 p.m. game are $5.

On Nov. 2, Arby's, 10115 E. Old Vail Road, will donate 50% of all proceeds to help the cause. Arby's is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. That day, Empire will raffle off two sets of Arizona basketball tickets. Tickets are $5, with the winners receiving seats for the UA-Gonzaga and UA-UCLA games.  

Nieto also has a GoFundMe page, which is open for donations. The account has raised over $27,000 of its $35,000 goal. 

Nieto, a 6-foot guard, is a four-year varsity player. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and two assists per game as a junior for an Empire team that went 8-17.  

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or On Twitter @justinesports

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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.

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