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More than just a rivalry game

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Girls and boys basketball players at Bluestonel and Park View middle schools came together to help out a friend and fellow student Monday night at the middle school rivalry game. BMS hosted the Bluestone-Park View matchup and showed support for those battling cancer — including Heather-Anne Tucker, who attended BMS last year and is currently being treated for a brain tumor. The school presented a love offering to Heather-Anne as part of the evening festivities. She was also named an honorary coach at BMS — drawing a big cheer from the crowd on hand for the ball games. Tucker is fighting a type of brain cancer known as Glioblastoma Multiforme after receiving the diagnosis in this past summer, as she was preparing to enter Bluestone High School as a freshman. Despite the diagnosis, she was in high spirits and did an energetic job leading the Trojan basketball team in their contest with the PVMS Cougars.(Mike Moseley photos) / January 15, 2014

Bluestone and Park View middle school girls and boys basketball teams played for a friend and fellow student on Monday night as BMS hosted a basketball game in honor of those battling cancer. The night in particular was to show some love and support for Heather-Anne Tucker.

Heather-Anne was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rarely-cured form of brain cancer in the spring of 2013. The diagnosis came as she was preparing to enter Bluestone High School as a freshman this past summer. Since that time, she has undergone surgeries and continues chemotherapy to treat the disease.

But Heather-Anne just continues to live life to the fullest and looked healthy, happy and all fired up at the game.

She was accorded an honorary coaching position with the Lady Trojans for the night and didn’t waste a moment of it. Heather played basketball and soccer while a student-athlete at Bluestone Middle School and the former Lady Trojan had no trouble showing her love and knowledge of the game and her attitude of winning.

Bluestone Athletic Director Dan Powell presented Heather-Anne with an envelope containing a love offering to help with whatever she wants or needs.

Powell told the crowd that cancer truly doesn’t discriminate; “age, race, class, color — it doesn’t matter to cancer.”

Powell noted that the Virginia High School League really started to promote cancer awareness in the last two to three years and the school wanted to do as much as it can to support the cause.

Kimberly Gordon, an eight grade social studies and language arts teacher at BMS, helped to organize the event. She said last year the sports programs sponsored pink games to promote cancer awareness and this year they wanted to support Heather-Anne.

“She played soccer in the fall and spring and basketball here, too, so we wanted do this for her,” Gordon added.

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