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Friday's Bucs Pride game to include walk

Krystle Wagner • Sep 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The names on the back of Grand Haven’s football jerseys will have a deeper meaning this Friday night.

The jerseys and the team will be honoring individuals battling cancer as part of the annual Bucs Pride football game.

Prior to the kickoff, a Community Cares Walk, previously called the survivor lap, will begin at 6 p.m. Cancer survivors, individuals undergoing treatment for cancer and families who want to show their support are encouraged to participate in the walk. Those wanting to participate in the Community Cares Walk will meet at the Bucs Pride/Community Room.

During the game, people can donate individually wrapped snacks such as crackers, granola bars, hard candy, dried fruit and Carnation instant breakfast. Bucs Pride committee member Sharon Yonker will deliver the donations to the Johnson Family Cancer Center in Muskegon.

The 2018 Bucs Pride shirts will also be available at the game for $10 each.

In its eighth year, Bucs Pride continues because of the continued need, Yonker said, and they will continue until there’s a cure for cancer.

“Our goal is to always make their life easier, help them, honor those who are battling right now, and play in memory of those who have lost their battle,” she said.

Bucs Pride has delivered almost 300 Community Cares baskets to individuals undergoing cancer treatments. 

Bucs Pride also has a new program called Lift of Love. Through that program, Bucs Pride delivers lift chairs to cancer patients following a surgery. Bucs Pride also picks up and cleans the chair for the next person to use.

Bucs Pride works with Bluebird Cancer Retreat to sponsor a Momcology retreat for mothers whose children have cancer. Bucs Pride also supports Grand Valley State University’s Camp Kessem, a camp for kids ages 8-18 whose parents have cancer. 

Yonker said their next goal is to support the entire family.

“We’re working on it,” she said.

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