The fight against cancer is one State Fair Lady Roadrunners guard Adella Randle-El takes personally.
Three years ago her grandfather was diagnosed with brain cancer.
“He’s very strict, but he made me get the job done,” she said. “He taught me a lot.”
On Feb. 13, Randle-El and the rest of the Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners took cancer head-on with the “Think Pink, Bleed Blue” game at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. The Lady Roadrunners wore pink jerseys and many of the men’s players had pink socks. The visiting Crowder College women’s team wore pink shoelaces. Even the officials got involved with pink whistles.
With T-shirt sales and a silent auction, the game raised $2,651.50 for Bothwell Regional Health Center’s Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center, which provides comprehensive treatment including radiation and chemotherapy. A silent auction raised $1,363. The rest came from shirt sales, a bake sale, tickets to the game and a 50/50 raffle.
“There are other big causes besides basketball,” said Lady Roadrunners coach Kevin Bucher. “There are so many people that have been lost to cancer and there are so many people who are fighting cancer now. We said a prayer before the game for those who are battling and those who died from it.”
Bothwell spokesperson Lisa Church said the funds will go toward improvements to the center, education for doctors and nurses, patient needs and equipment.
“I think a lot of times if you don’t know someone who has received treatment here you may not be aware of what services are available locally,” Church said. “In this case where it’s hitting that college mark, that does a lot to increase awareness.”
In past years, the “Think Pink game” has raised money for national organizations, but this year State Fair wanted to help out locally.
“One of the things I really like to see is for people to recognize they can help their friends and family members right here,” Church said.
State Fair presented the check to Bothwell during halftime of the women’s basketball game against Jefferson College on Wednesday.