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JDHS,TMHS soccer teams promoting cancer awareness

Wednesday game to have special meaning in community

Posted: May 7, 2012 - 11:09pm
Dorothy Brent during the state tournament in Juneau her sophomore year, 2010.
Dorothy Brent during the state tournament in Juneau her sophomore year, 2010.

The traditional colors of Crimson Bears’ black and red and Falcons’ silver and blue will have a more special, yet subdued hue, as the two girl’s high school soccer programs do battle on the pitch at Adair Kennedy Field on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The JDHS and TMHS girl’s soccer teams will be coming together not only in competition but in solidarity to promote cancer awareness by wearing lavender, the color that signifies all forms of cancer.

Over the past years local high school sports teams have always contributed to getting information to the public about helping those whose families have been touched by cancer in some way.

This year the message hit closer to home as senior returning all-state player Dorothy Brent was diagnosed with a form of soft tissue muscle sarcoma. Brent has been in Seattle undergoing chemotherapy. Members of Brent’s family and boyfriend Alex Brango have been by her side. Brent will not be able to play this season.

“There are so many people out there who want to help,” Brent said from Seattle. “I don’t want this to be about me. This is about the number of children diagnosed with cancer and becoming aware of the impact of cancer in our community.”

The Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high school girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will host several Cancer Awareness games from May 9th to May 15th.

In Wednesday’s 5 p.m. game the Crimson Bears girls, after much internet company searching, will wear lavender uniforms and give the Falcons cancer awareness colored socks to wear.

The two squads will flip-flop the following week (May 15) with TMHS wearing the lavender jerseys and the Crimson Bears the socks. The JDHS girls have been wearing lavender laces in their soccer shoes all season and bringing Brent’s jersey to every game.

The officials will be wearing their gold uniforms (gold is the color of childhood cancer), the lines officials will be using violet colored flags and the center referee will be using a pink whistle, both are colors of a cancer awareness.

“Unfortunately it has hit closer to home in the Juneau soccer community in the last few years,” JDHS coach Matt Dusenberry said. “Various families in our community have been affected, past players and some of our kids that have gone on to play ODP know about a teammate that has been diagnosed. This year’s senior class wanted to do something. We wanted to do something more than just bring Dorothy’s jersey to every game. Hopefully we can make this an annual event.”

The Bears and Falcons programs will be providing cancer information and collecting donations to start a fund to assist youths in the Juneau School District that have recently been diagnosed with cancer. They will be selling purple awareness t-shirts for $10 and will be wearing purple attire during the matches in support of cancer awareness.

On Tuesday May 15 the JDHS and TMHS boys will join the girls in another set of cancer awareness games at Falcons’ Field. The JDHS boys will be wearing lavender colored jerseys.

The May 15 schedule is as follows:

3:30 p.m. TMHS vs. JDHS Boys JV Soccer at Thunder Mountain

5:15 p.m. TMHS vs. JDHS Boys Varsity Soccer at Thunder Mountain

7:00 p.m. TMHS vs. JDHS Girls Varsity Soccer at Thunder Mountain

A food fundraiser will also be held during these games.

The admission to tomorrow night and the May 15th games is free. Donations at the gate will be accepted for cancer awareness and checks can be made out to the Juneau School District

The soccer programs are organizing this event with the assistance of the local American Cancer Society and their May “Paint the Town Purple” campaign and the local Cancer Connection.

Color’s signifying various cancers include: Lavender (all cancers), Gold (childhood), Light Blue (prostate), Yellow (sarcoma, bone), Pink (breast), Dark Blue (colon), Amber (appendix), Orange (leukemia and kidney), Purple (pancreatic and leiomyosarcoma), Emerald Green (liver), Clear/White (lung), Lime Green (lymphoma), Black (melanoma), Burgundy (multiple myeloma), Teal (ovarian), Periwinkle (stomach), Orchid (testicular),

Grey (brain), Burgundy/Ivory (head and neck), Zebra Stripe (carcinoid), Teal/White (cervical), Marigold/Blue/Purple (bladder), Periwinkle (esophageal), Kelly Green (gallbladder/bile duct), Teal/Pink/Blue (thyroid), and Peach (uterine).

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