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Event helps fight cancer

November 25, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

On behalf of the Indian Creek High School boys soccer team, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many people who helped make our Kick It for the Cure event on Oct. 13 successful, raising $466 for the T.E.A.R. Fund at the Teramana Cancer Center.

As a breast cancer survivor, this event was very near and dear to my heart. While we were faced with a few scheduling obstacles at the beginning, it turned out to be a spectacular day. Blue skies, a great game against some wonderful young men from the Jefferson County Christian School and the generosity of parents and spectators.

My first thank you goes to coach Jonathan Hoover for rallying the team together for this cause and for getting the word out. Next, thanks to the soccer team. You learned what it means to "fight like a girl" and I am proud of you honoring breast cancer survivors and fighters alike with the pink T-shirts and shoelaces. Those shirts were partially sponsored by Dr. Michael Scarpone and his wife, Dina, who were there to cheer me on through my breast cancer journey. In addition, the pink game ball was donated by the man who helped guide me on that journey, Dr. Thomas Przybysz of Wheeling.

A special thanks to Mary Lou Jones (Silpada Jewelry), Gina Judy, Kristen Hawley (Pampered Chef), Lauree Leonard (Wheeling Symphony), Coty Shingle (Millsop Community Center), Kalen Costello, Linda Freed (Dolce Pizzelles), Susan Burris (Mary Kay Cosmetics), Dawn Powell (Balloon Fantasy), DiGregory's Greenhouse, Discovery Jewelers, Lancelot's, Debbie's Country Gifts, E-Spa, Steubenville Domino's, Legal Hair, Wal-Mart, Anita Evans (Premier Jewelry), Lou's Famous Fish, Weirton Wholesale and WOGH-FM for their donations. Also, to family members Joe and Lauree Handlon and John and Kelli Kallok for your contributions, as well as Dr. Joe and Laura Lewis for their generous monetary donation.

I want to commend Indian Creek Key Club members and adviser Julie Robinson for their efforts to contribute items for our auction and door prizes, and to the six Key Club students who volunteered at the event.

To the ICH soccer parents who helped me gather donations, make baked goods, design posters and organize gift bags, a special shout-out. I especially want to thank Lannie Morris, Mary Koos, Debbie and Doug Conn, Jen Carr, Cendi Recinella, Cheryl Craft, Martha Emley and Tracy Blackburn for pitching in wherever needed that day.

Other thanks go to Susan Miller, an oncology patient at Teramana, and RoseAnn Piofer of Images. Miller contributed a sports basket and sold drawing tickets. Piofer was on hand distributing information about early detection and other service Images provides.

I also want to thank the Herald-Star and WTRF-TV's Laurie Conway for coverage of the event. Also, the entire team appreciated the support of Athletic Director Joe Dunlevy with not only this event, but throughout the season.

Next year, we hope to make this an even bigger event and encourage everyone to help Kick It for the Cure.

Mitzi Probert


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