Mohawks Host Cancer Fundraiser

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Taking part in the pre-game ceremony were, from left: Alan Rabjohn, Shawn Hearn, Debbie Johnson, Darrin Johnson, Toby McGuire, Kristi Fuller and Chad Soden.

The color of the day was pink Monday, as the Piggott Mohawks took on the Westside Warriors in high school baseball action at Independence Park. The non-conference game served two purposes, to provide both squads with a tune up for post season play--and to draw attention to the American Cancer Society and promote breast cancer awareness.

Working in conjunction with the Clay County Relay For Life, the event was organized by Mohawk Head Baseball Coach Shawn Hearn.

Prior to the contest a special first pitch ceremony was held, with the honors handled by Kristi Fuller and Debbie Johnson. Fuller is a former PES teacher, and breast cancer survivor. Johnson, the mother of umpire Darrin Johnson, is currently battling the disease.

"I was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in August 2008. This was the last thing I ever expected to happen," Fuller reminisced. "Since cancer didn't run in my family I thought it would never be a part of my life. I was blessed to have a wonderful support group including Emmanuel Baptist Church, the elementary school staff, community, family and the wonderful American Cancer Society. Today, I am free from the grip of cancer."

In the years since Fuller has been very active in ACS efforts, and support of the Relay For Life.

"A year ago I never would have thought about something like this ever happening to me," Johnson noted. "There have been some trying times, but I have made it through them with the help of my family, friends and a lot of prayers. When I got for treatments I see people with more problems than me. My treatments are going good, so with the grace of God, family and friends we will get through it."

In addition to the special first pitch, players from both sides wore pink accents on their uniforms in support of the fight against breast cancer. The bases, and home plate, were also pink for the occasion as were the balls used in the first pitch ceremony.

The Clay County Relay For Life will be holding their annual fundraiser later this spring, and will kick-off the annual effort with their survivor's dinner at 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 20 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott.

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