2019 Roundball Classic highlights two Topeka children

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(WIBW) -- The 2019 Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, a three-day event that brings former University of Kansas basketball players together to raise money for local children diagnosed with cancer or other life-altering illnesses, tipped off on Thursday.

The weekend began with the annual Roundball Classic and featured former Jayhawk stars like Tyshawn Taylor, Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Frank Mason, Perry Ellis and more.

The event continues Friday with a VIP dinner and Saturday with a celebrity golf tournament.

Each year, the Classic selects a starting five: five local children battling cancer, and the money raised benefits their families.

This year, two Topeka children were selected: Sergio Gomez and Dontez Guzman.

Gomez is an 11-year old diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He endured lengthy hospital stays and painful treatments including chemotherapy, but today is only receiving radiation therapy and is hoping to reach remission.

Guzman is a 10-year old who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2017 and underwent limb salvage surgery on his left leg. In 2018, the cancer was found in his lungs and removed. So far this year, he has had no reoccuring tumors.

Those interested in donating to the cause or getting involved can do so here.