Youth Teams Support Breast Cancer Patient

by WHIZ Reporter on October 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Players on the Maysville pee-wee and biddy league football teams were decked out in pink to support a Zanesville woman battling breast cancer.

32-year-old Stephanie Nethers was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May.  She’s been working to raise money for her fellow survivors ever since.

A crew of volunteers sold baked goods and bracelets during the games against Sheridan.  All of the proceeds from Saturday’s games and Friday’s Maysville High School football game will be donated to the Genesis Breast Cancer Foundation to help women buy prosthetics, wigs and accessories.

"Everybody wants to donate to pink, to breast cancer awareness, but we really need to keep some of that money in our own community to where there is an impact on local women to where we actually see some of that money that is donated," said Nethers.  "I think doing things like this is a great event."

Nethers has undergone chemotherapy treatments and will have a double mastectomy at the end of the month.  She said her illness serves as a way to bring the issue to the forefront of the community.

"It has helped this journey of mine just be so much more meaningful to me, events like this and having the support of my community behind me just makes it so amazing," said Nethers.  "The outreach to the community has just made it a lot easier on me to have support from so many people."

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.