Small towns often have the biggest hearts and last Friday’s high school basketball games between the Yale Bulldogs and the Cros-Lex Pioneers proved it. The girls’ and boys’ teams both brought their compassion and respect to the games with the “Coaches vs Cancer” Game. Both schools worked together to raise awareness and support for local families who are dealing with cancer and its effects in their own ways.
A second-grader, Brynlee Wing, who attends Avoca Elementary in the Yale District, who is fighting neuroblastoma, was honored and supported at the game along with her family. The family of Travis Campbell, whose brother is the Cros-Lex Boys’ Basketball Coach, was also supported as they grieved the young man’s loss to cancer just that week.
To raise money, organizers held a 50/50 raffle and in the end, the winner donated his prize back to the cause. Over $1,200 was raised to be split between the two families. Yale won the girls’ game and Cros-Lex won the boys’ game, but both towns showed their winning spirit and showed what being a neighbor means for these rural communities.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.