8th Annual Shootin' For a Cure ~ Wells Lady Warriors
(York, ME) Back in 2008 when they were trying out for 5th grade travel basketball in Wells, these eight Lady Warriors didn’t know they would become instrumental in raising nearly $200,000 to help cancer patients at York Hospital as part of their school basketball team.
“We’re so proud of the middle school and high school girls basketball teams in Wells”, says senior Hannah Moody. “We always look forward to raising money in this fun Shootin’ For A Cure tournament and know that the money really does go to help cancer patients in our community. Before each event, cancer patients talk to us about how the Living Well With Cancer Fund at York Hospital helps them – sometimes they need assistance finding a wig, or de-stressing after surgery through a massage or an exercise class. Sometimes they need help financially because they can’t work the whole time during chemo – and this fund is there to help provide a physical and emotional safety net.”
York Hospital’s Medical Oncology Social Worker, Susan Kelly-Westman, coordinator of the Living Well With Cancer Fund, commented that the money raised through tournaments like the Wells Lady Warriors Shootin’ for a Cure helps to improve the quality of life for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatment at York Hospital. The funds support services that center on the mind, body and overall well-being – such as exercise and nutritional programs; wigs, head covers and prosthetics; emergency funds for gas and food; and integrative therapies like massage, Reiki and Acupuncture.
Shootin’ for a Cure is a high-energy event spearheaded by Coach Don Abbott and includes girls in grades 5-12 who raise money through donations, raffles, bake sales, and pledges from friends, family, and the community at large. At last year’s event, the girls raised $35,000. Coach Abbott explained that each player has a fundraising goal and is encouraged to do the best they can. There are prizes, awards and a grand prize drawing for tournament winners. He added that while the awards and prizes provide excitement and incentive for the girls to do their best, “we all know the real ‘winners’ in this context are the patients.” He said this tournament continues to have a lasting impact on all involved. “This is something our players, our school, and our community are all so proud of. It is the most important thing we do.”
If you would like to learn more about York Hospital’s Oncology and Infusion Care Services or the Breast Cancer Living Well and Living Well With Cancer programs visit this website: www.yorkhospital.com/services/cancercare, or contact Medical Oncology Social Worker Susan Kelly-Westman at (207) 351-3721 or email: email@example.com