Mountain Vista’s varsity softball team took on Ponderosa High School for the annual pink game on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Golden Eagles stormed the field and immediately put three runs on the board within the first inning of a game that ended, 8-2, with Vista on top.
The team dominated on defense, only allowing two runs late in the game with junior Paige McGuire on the mound. Offense showed an even more impressive track record for the game. Sophomore Rebecca Gonzales batted in four runs over two homers.
Throughout the entire game, concessions were ran by volunteers handing out hotdogs and cake-pops for donations.
All donations were collected for the Cash family as Susan Cash, wife of head football coach Ric Cash and mother of senior Kat Cash and sophomore Jess Cash, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer this past spring on May 4, 2015.
Upon her diagnosis, her daughter Kat posted: “My mom is my rock and it’s impossible to put into words what it’s like to see the strongest person you know grow weak in sickness. However I know that through all of this she will fight and she will be okay! I know the road to health is not a smooth one and for that I ask for prayer.”
Stage 3 breast cancer indicates that the cancerous cells may have spread beyond the tumor region and into lymph nodes and muscles, but not organs. That being said, stage 3 breast cancer is considered extremely serious, but still treatable.
Cash began a 20-week chemotherapy treatment soon after her diagnosis. Hospital bills are already expensive enough, but cancer takes an even larger tolls than most ailments. The treatment Cash receives is even more costly as some of it is an out of pocket expense to the family.
“[We’re] getting close to end of the chemo[therapy],” Kat Cash said. “The next step is radiation and surgery to remove the tumor. Then recovery time and reconstructive surgery.”
Teammate and friend Lauren Lamb also shares a special connection to the implications of breast cancer. In February of 2008, after a long and hard fought battle, Lamb lost her mother, Jill Lamb, to breast cancer. Since then, the Jill Lamb Foundation has been working to provide support to families like the Cash family that are dealing with the negative tolls of cancer.
During pink week from Monday, Oct. 5 to Saturday, Oct.10 all of the money raised through the Jill Lamb Foundation will go directly to the Cash family.
“I think what [pink week means] has changed a lot over the years. It’s a way to spread awareness about breast cancer and for the players it’s about playing for someone, playing for a cause and playing for something that means something to you,” Lamb said. “This year it was a lot more personal, especially for the Cash family.”
At the Mountain Vista, Rock Canyon varsity football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, Kat Cash and Lamb will be speaking together about the cause of pink week.
“Lauren and I have been best friends since we were five,” Cash said. “Her mom was always like a second mom to me and when her mom passed away it was really hard on both of us. My mom just got hit with it out of nowhere,” Cash continued. “[My mom] is like a second mom to Lauren so it’s all very personal to her and me.”
There will also be a miracle minute to raise cash for the Cash family, so make sure to bring money to help support them.
To support the Cash family’s GoFundMe, click here.
For more information regarding the Jill Lamb Foundation, click here.
PHOTOS BY: Katie Pickrell