Last year the Lady Mustangs started a tradition at the Western Trails Conference Tournament when they hosted it in Gordon. They had a “Digging Deep for a Cure” theme at the WTC Tournament, and asked all of the other schools to buy t-shirts and for fans to wear pink and pitch in together to raise money for the Jerry Jackson Memorial and the CARE Foundation. It was later decided on by all of the WTC Volleyball Coaches to make it a part of the tournament every year.
Hemingford hosted the tournament this year, and as promised they sold shirts and other little knick-knacks to raise cancer awareness and have the seven schools work together. “They did a great job too!” commented coach Campbell.
They opted to donate their money to Shauna Meyring, a breast cancer survivor. As she was announced and walked across the gym to accept the check the entire gym stood and gave her a standing ovation. She accepted the check from the Hemingford volleyball team and then spoke to the crowd about awareness.
She also talked about how scared she was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her message to the crowd was that people beat cancer every day. It is a scary disease, but it doesn’t have to be, because people do beat it.
She talked about awareness, prevention, and catching it early. At the end of her message she said she was choosing to give the $2,000.00 dollars that was raised by the WTC schools to Kyla Vincent of Rushville, who is currently battling the disease.