Head Athletic Trainer Stacey Morgan understands that the fight against cancer is personal for so many people. “When we ask our students who knows or has known someone with cancer, almost every single person raises a hand,” she said.
It’s personal for Morgan, too, as she lost her grandmother and her best friend from college to the disease. That’s why each year she rallies MICDS basketball coaches, players, and fans to help the American Cancer Society defeat a common enemy through the Coaches vs. Cancer program, also known as Paint It Pink. Together, their efforts have resulted in raising more than $200,000 to fight cancer. This year, on January 10, back-to-back varsity victories against John Burroughs School netted lots of school spirit and another $2,000 to fund cancer research, patient support and prevention.
Students sold pink t-shirts before both games, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Missouri, and gift cards to local favorite student hang-outs were raffled off throughout the evening. The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team wore pink head bands, shoe laces and knee sleeves in their game. They and the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team wore Paint It Pink t-shirts during warm-up. Even Ellie, the MICDS dog, supported the activities by sporting a Coaches vs. Cancer shirt. “Several student fans got into the spirit of it all and dressed in pink,” said Morgan. They had a lot to cheer for. In addition to supporting an important cause, Varsity Girls beat Burroughs 56-19, and the Boys won by a score of 52-45.
“I have lost two grandparents and a friend to cancer and it is very important to me and my family to help support cancer research,” said Brooke Wright ’18, who helped sell shirts with Caitlyn Mullenix ’18. “If I could help save the lives of my family members and close friends, it would mean the world to me.”
“Our kids really enjoyed this event, and it was for a great cause,” said Morgan. She’s already looking forward to planning the game next year.