There was a lot of pink and purple making its way throughout the stands at Lake Stevens High School’s varsity basketball game last Friday night for the annual Cancer vs. Coaches basketball game held every year against Arlington.
The Vikes warmed up in their flashy pink shirts as the cheerleaders cheered them on with glowing pink ribbons in their hair, all of this was done to bring awareness of the seriousness of cancer and to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Lake Stevens.
Before, during and after the game raffle tickets could be purchased for two signed basketballs – one signed by Huskies basketball coach Lorenzo Romar and one by the entire Western Washington basketball team. All proceeds go towards Relay for Life of Lake Stevens.
Viking player Christian Gasca’s Aunt Anna Harrell and Grandma Ruth Macias were recognized as Honorary Coaches, both are cancer survivors.
Chloe Pearson, a senior at Lake Stevens High School and Relay’s Youth Involvement Chair, helped to organize the event, along with basketball coach Mark Hein. Pearson hopes that by keeping the students informed and involved in fighting cancer it will help bring awareness and understanding.
“This event is to get the youth involved in Relay for Life. Sports in Lake Stevens is a big deal and students are most likely to come when it is in their own school,” Pearson said. “There are over 100 superfans here tonight, all dressed in pink showing their support of this event.”
The night was not only a great fundraiser but the Vikings also beat the Eagles!