The Lady Comets basketball players will raise money for a cancer charity at their game against Dallas on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Crestwood High School gym.
At this annual event, called “Lady Comets for a Cure,” players honor family members who have battled cancer by recognizing them at a special ceremony at 6:45 p. m. between the junior varsity and varsity games. The team dons special T-shirts created for the event.
“We try to get a rival” when scheduling this event, organizer and booster club president Ann Jardin said. “Anybody who draws the most people” in order to raise as much money as possible for charity.
Last year’s event benefited Think Pink, the Mountain Top-based charity that provides monetary support for cancer patients and their families. At press time, this year’s charity had not yet been designated, but the money will be donated to a cancer-related charity.
Many of the players participate in the ceremony by escorting cancer-affected family members across the gym floor as their names are being announced. Some family members are cancer survivors, and some are currently in treatment. Some girls also walk in memory of loved ones who have lost their cancer battles.
The team presents each survivor or fighter with a gift bag containing a T-shirt and other small gifts. The team’s public sales of T-shirts and concessions benefit the cancer charity, and the Relay for Life organization operates a table with merchandise also.
Three seniors have been walking in the ceremony for several years now and will do it one last time this year. Sarah Hopkins honors her brother and Julia Makowski her father. Andrea Shipton will walk in memory of her grandfather.
Makowski’s father, Stanley, battled
cancer about five years ago. Although she was young enough not to absorb everything that was happening, she remembers going to Philadelphia for a couple of major surgeries for him. “It’ll be good walking with him”
one more time, she said.