- Last Updated on 02:54 PM 03/21/13
- BY Doug Ford
The varsity softball game between Halifax County High School and Person High School (N.C.) was not necessarily on the minds of many in attendance Wednesday night during its annual Breast Cancer Awareness game.
Area businesses and others came together to donate money, clothing and other items in a number of raffles to benefit the Halifax County Cancer Association.
Both teams gathered at the pitcher’s mound to release pink balloons in memory of those who lost their fight with cancer and to those who still fight the disease on a daily basis.
David Conner, whose wife, Elizabeth, lost a lengthy battle with cancer, tossed the first pitch for Wednesday’s game, with Comets softball Head Coach Melanie Saunders reading a poem penned by Conner in memory of his wife.
“Leslie Shreve won the 50/50 and donated that back to the cause, which is awesome,” said Saunders.
“It’s more to this than just softball,” she pointed out.
“Of course, you want to make these kids better softball players, but you also want to make them good individuals for society and understand life is short.
“You never know what’s going to happen in life, one day you’re here and the next day you’re not guaranteed it.”
The schools have joined forces for at least three years for the benefit game, in both Halifax County and Roxboro.
“The kids go out and get donations from people in town, and the community really steps up and donates gift certificates, candles, flowers and things like this, and balloons,” said Saunders.
“Its just really a touching thing when you see both teams get out there with balloons and you’re honoring people and remembering people.”
“I don’t think there’s any family out here that isn’t touched in some way by cancer,” continued Saunders.
“David has been out here with us, and it was a long hard-fought battle he and Elizabeth fought together, and we told him we appreciate him and we appreciate her.
“What better way and what better fit than do it right here during the Breast Cancer Awareness Night game.”