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SoVaNow.com / 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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