The Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit High School volleyball teams joined forces on Oct. 11 in the ninth annual Dig for the Cure fundraiser at the LSWHS Fieldhouse. Dig 2016 raised over $30,000 in the fight against cancer, eclipsing the previous record of $22,000 set in 2015.
Funds raised will be divided equally between this year’s event beneficiaries, which include Gilda’s Club Kansas City and Cancer Action KC, both cancer support groups that assist patients and their families, and LSWHS graduate Sam Smith, who continues to battle osteosarcoma.
As in years past, Dig for the Cure 2016 featured a court procession and balloon celebration to honor cancer survivors and fighters and to pay tribute to the memory of those lost to the disease. Additionally, more than 40 local medical professionals donated $100 each in the Medical Professional Challenge and were recognized for their extraordinary efforts in the fight against cancer.
This year’s celebration was especially poignant as the Titan volleyball team rallied around one of their own. Alicia Andersen, event co-chair and mother of Titan varsity player, Baylie Andersen, is herself battling cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer that attacks the bile ducts. Mrs. Andersen played volleyball at Iowa State, and all the Titan varsity players wore shoulder patches with the No. 13, her Cyclone number, as a show of support.
While the Titan varsity, junior varsity and both freshman teams swept the Tigers on the volleyball court, the evening was above all an inspiring example of community coming together in the fight against cancer.