Free pancakes to support beloved Valley high school football coach

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Supporters of a Valley high school football coach, who is battling lung cancer, are hoping to raise a lot of money for him and his family by giving away pancakes today.

Scot Bemis coaches football and girls soccer at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale. He is also a teacher at the school. Bemis was diagnosed earlier this fall with Stage 4 lung cancer, and is currently on a leave of absence from the school.

"Team Bemis" was formed by supporters from all parts of the coach's life -- including family, friends, teacher, coaches, students, and athletes. Their goal is to raise enough money so Coach Bemis and his family can concentrate solely on the battle at hand, and not worry about finances.

The group has organized a fundraiser today at the First Watch restaurant in Scottsdale, which is located at 16455 N. Scottsdale Road. That is just south of East Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.

The restaurant is offering free pancakes today from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but is accepting donations for "Team Bemis" in return.

Tro Panosian is a former student at Notre Dame Prep. He says members of Team Bemis are motivated to do this for the coach and his family because they believe so much in him.

"The real goal from the start for Team Bemis was really financial and emotional support for coach," Panosian said. "He's been a teacher for some, a coach to others, but the real key is he's been a role model to all."