Before field hockey games at Louisa, there is always a few moments for players to collect their thoughts, whether it be during the notes of the national anthem or the pause before their name is announced.
For senior goalie Kelsey Stanley, it’s often a time where the memory of her aunt, Bonnie Alexander, seems stronger than ever.
“Everything reminds me of her,” Stanley said.
At one point in life, nothing seemed to slow Alexander down. Even in the midst of her battle with breast cancer, she would be in the stands for Stanley’s games, cheering on her niece as Stanley ran across the field when she herself could barely walk.
“Even if she was feeling the worst she had ever felt, she was still making you laugh and smile,” Stanley said. “Even when she was in the middle of chemotherapy, sick as a dog, she came to my travel games.”
Tragically, Alexander passed away from her disease on June 3 at the age of 47. She was one of 7.6 million people worldwide who die from cancer every year.
Now, Stanley, her teammates and fellow athletes at Louisa County High School are fighting back.
With October officially designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the field hockey team is holding a fundraiser during their home match versus Monticello on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Pink is the official color for breast cancer awarenes, and visitors will be hard pressed to miss seeing it. The game ball will be pink. Louisa’s jerseys and socks will be pink. Even Monticello is getting in on the action and will be wearing jerseys adorned with pink lettering and numbers.
Wearing the color now has the ability to transcend beyond being a fashion statement. For every spectator who comes to the game wearing pink, Louisa’s field hockey team will donate $1 to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the leading foundations in the country that focuses on cancer prevention, research and treatment. The money collected will go toward the foundation’s staggering total of $309 million it has raised since its inception in 1973.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 3 edition of The Central Virginian.