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Fike volleyball team honors cancer patients

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October is breast cancer awareness month, and the Fike volleyball team is proud to sport pink jerseys to bring attention to this cause during our game against Northern Nash on Tuesday, Oct. 9. While the risk of breast cancer in teens is low, we as student-athletes are focused on healthy lifestyles and want the women in our community to share our emphasis on wellness. 

We implore all Wilson women to take care of themselves, conduct regular breast self-exams and get mammograms. A woman has about a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and most women (about eight out of 10) who get diagnosed do not have a family history of the disease. The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman and though breast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women.

Cancer touches all our families, and we pray for a cure. Until then, we play in honor of (IHO) or in memory of (IMO) of those in our lives who have battled this disease:

  • Caroline Anderson IMO John Nichols, uncle, pancreatic cancer and Nancy Nichols, grandmother (liver cancer); IHO Jean Nichols, grandmother, ovarian cancer and Peggy Anderson, grandmother, breast cancer;
  • Anna Black IMO Allen Karla, grandfather, prostate cancer;
  • Taylor Boykin IMO Darline Hardison, grandmother, breast cancer;
  • Emily Holder IMO Gail Holder, aunt, colon cancer;
  • Lexie Hopwood and Kendall Harris IHO all survivors;
  • Lydia Hunt IHO John Daniel, grandfather, prostate cancer and Helen Bissette, friend, breast cancer; IMO Martha Jane Hunt, grandmother, lymphoma;
  • Reece Nelson IHO Kelly Gunter, friend, breast cancer;
  • Riley Patterson IHO Gail Hebbard, friend, breast cancer;
  • Jah'Asia Pernell IHO Pam, aunt, breast cancer and IHO Donna, aunt, pancreatic cancer;
  • Taylor Rowland IHO Terry Mercer, grandfather, colon cancer and Sandy Mercer, grandmother, skin cancer;
  • Ashleigh Sage IMO Al Sage, grandfather, throat cancer;
  • Caroline Searcy IMO Mamie Bell, grandmother, lung cancer and IHO George Bell, grandfather, melanoma;
  • EJ Secrest IHO Barb Secrest, grandmother; and
  • Keyley Shackleford IHO Joyce Gorham, aunt, breast cancer.

Join us for our match this afternoon or our season finale against Hunt on Thursday. In our pink jerseys, we will play to win but know we fight for more than victory in a volleyball competition; we fight for women, for wellness and for a world without cancer.

Caroline Searcy and Taylor Boykin

Fike High varsity volleyball

Editor's Note: This letter will appear in The Wilson Times print edition on Wednesday, Oct. 10. It has been posted to WilsonTimes.com a day prior due to the pink jersey tribute taking place Tuesday.

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