Kearney Tackles Cancer Outdoes Itself Again

Students show their support for cancer as they watch the football game. Photo taken by Tiffany Valleau.


The Kearney Tackles Cancer (KTC) committee shows nothing less than excellence as they raise the bar again with another successful campaign. The KTC committee began preparing for this year’s events in the early weeks of summer, and their dedication and hard work was exhibited Friday.

Throughout the past months, KTC members had been soliciting donations and items for the barbeque held in August. They also began marketing the 2011-2012 t-shirt designs.

These t-shirts were in honor of Mary Kay Redman. The quote on the back of the shirt by Jim Valvano says, “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.” This quote was one of Mary Kay’s favorites because it related to her constant battle with cancer.

Last Friday, the members of KTC were finally able to relax and observe the hard work they had done. On Friday, the committee traveled to all the elementary and middle schools in order to recognize all of the students and administration that helped support this cause. There were smiles and laughter as group photos were taken at each school.

The stress of preparing for this event was very overwhelming, but the benefits were evident as the committee traveled to the various schools. This was always Mary Kay’s favorite day. Junior Macey Adair said, “My favorite part was seeing all the faces that change our community. It was inspiring to see how many people have big hearts and put time and money into helping those in need. Going around to the schools made me feel honored to be a part of such an amazing project.”

The KTC t-shirts were worn on Friday night’s football game as well. Once again, the Kearney community’s undying support was proven as the grandstands were filled with KTC t-shirts and sweatshirts. At the game, pink balloons and t-shirts were sold.

However, the pink theme went beyond the grandstands this year. This year the football players ran onto the field sporting the color pink. Pink tape was wrapped around their wrists and ankles. Senior Zach Yocum said, “This idea was actually mine and a couple other guys’. We wanted to represent the KTC organization on the field as well. We also wanted to honor Mary Kay Redman, a women who was so noteworthy to us and touched all of our lives. This was a one time deal because of the special circumstances.”

The KTC committee’s fundraising does not stop here. The KTC has organized a variety show on Oct. 11. This allows for students to present their talents to the Kearney community. All of these profits and donations go into the KTC funds for struggling cancer patients.

As of now, the total number of t-shirts sold and overall profits are still being calculated. This number will be officially tallied after the variety show.

The Kearney student body and community continue to show their support by wearing the t-shirts and sweatshirts that helped save members of several families.