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OKC Thunder fan makes halfcourt shot, wins $20,000 to battle wife's cancer

LINDSAY HOUTS, NewsOK Editor, LHOUTS@opubco.com Modified: March 6, 2013 at 9:26 am •  Published: March 6, 2013

If you've ever stayed in your seats between quarters at a Thunder game (sometimes it is possible to resist the concourse's aroma of nachos and hot dogs), you've no doubt seen a Thunder fan attempt (and probably miss) a halfcourt shot.

It was a different story last night in Oklahoma City. Fan Heath Kufahl, the volleyball and boys basketball coach at Christian Heritage Academy in Del City, Okla., made the MidFirst halfcourt shot between the third and fourth quarters of the Thunder-Lakers matchup to win $20,000. It was the fourth fan halfcourt shot made in the Thunder's Oklahoma City history, and the first since 2011.

It's always cool to see someone make that shot, but for the Kufahls and their seven children, it means a bit more: Heath's wife, Jenni, was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in October of 2012. The money will be used for mounting medical bills. 

Last year we told you about Jenni's father, John Merrell, the football coach at Christian Heritage Academy, and what her fight against cancer has meant to their family.

We're quite sure there wasn't a better person to take that shot in Chesapeake Energy Arena last night. Nice work, Heath.