GlenOak Girl’s Varsity Volleyball helps locals fighting cancer

GlenOak Girl's Varsity Volleyball helps locals fighting cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, people have a 1 in 3 chance of developing invasive cancer in their lifetime. Chances are, you or someone you know in your area has been impacted.

The girl’s varsity volleyball team at GlenOak High School, in association with the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation, is raising money to help those that are directly and indirectly struggling with cancer.

“The girls spend a lot of time preparing for this,” varsity volleyball coach Debra Pickering said. “I think we’ve been fundraising for about six or seven weeks now.”

The team uses multiple methods to help raise funds for the foundation, such as selling t-shirts. Perhaps the most popular method is “Flush Out Cancer” where the team places toilets in people’s yards and offer to remove it, for a small fee. For an additional fee, the person even has the option to pick the next target.

The efforts culminate during a special event labeled “Fight for a Cure”.

“The night of [the event], the girls walk with people who are battling cancer,” Pickering said. “Mary Beddell then introduces the girls and the person they are walking with, so it’s overall just a great night.”

The event also features a bake sale and raffle baskets.

Mary Beddell is the Public Relations Coordinator at Plain Local Schools. She began the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation to honor her mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2002. Money raised goes directly to local families in need.

“Why I love that the money is going [to the foundation], is that money then goes to families in our area that are struggling with cancer,” Pickering said. “Families can get money to help some of the medical bills, or just groceries, or gas money.”