Recognizing individuals fighting breast cancer


Lily Sewell

Spectators were encouraged to wear breast cancer awareness shirts for the game in support of those who have faced breast cancer.

Lakeridge softball participates in the pink out by wearing their pink uniforms. (Lily Sewell)

Prior to their game against the Lakeridge Pacers, the softball team’s head coach, Gina Garvey-Metzler, instilled a new softball team tradition. One game out of their season will be dedicated to spreading breast cancer awareness and they will pick one member of their community who is facing a battle with breast cancer and recognize them. Concession stand proceeds will go towards someone who is fighting cancer. 

Garvey-Metzler gave a personal speech to commemorate the lives lost due to all kinds of cancer and she remembered the family members that she has lost.

Rebecca Gomez, senior, hugs her teammate, Charlotte Brooke, junior, while the team recognizes their supporters that have faced cancer in their lives. (Lily Sewell)

She dedicated the game to her cousin who was recently diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. At the end of her speech she asked those who have beat cancer and those who are currently fighting cancer to join the team on the field for flowers and a gift. 

The Pacers also took part in this event, and  supported those who have experienced breast cancer by decking themselves out in pink and wearing their pink uniforms. 

With help from pitcher Kendall Atwood, freshman, the Lions were able to defeat the Pacers 5—2. Atwood allowed three hits, one run, and had four strikeouts. The Lions took an early lead and held onto it until the Pacers put up two points in the last couple innings. 

For more information in regards to this new tradition and to learn more about Garvey-Metzler’s relative, check out @westlinnhs_softball on Instagram and their GoFundMe