Volleyball team brings comfort

Pierce’s volleyball teams bring care bags to Dignity Health Oncology Department in Woodland on Nov. 25. The bags were put together by the team with the funds raised during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

With attendance at volleyball games filling the stands with people, Pierce coaches Kim Travis and Alison Crandall found it to be a good opportunity to hold fundraisers for cancer patients.

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many of the athletes showed their support by donning the color pink as a part of their uniform.

The Lady Bears volleyball JV and varsity teams from Pierce High School also wanted to go beyond showing their support, Travis said, and each year the team gives back.

“I want these girls to understand why they’re wearing pink and what it represents and to let them know that the struggle is real for these people fighting such a horrific disease as cancer.”

With the funds raised from desert auctions, the Lady Bears delivered 100 care bags on Nov. 25 to Dignity Health Oncology Department, in Woodland. The bags consisted of things that the team felt might brighten up a patient’s day, such as tea cups with handwritten inspirational quotes, cosy socks, lotion, chapstick, snacks, and other pleasantries.

Travis said that the match the girls play is just a game, but for the patients, the treatments are a battle.

“We just want to bring some happiness to their day,” she said, “Spreading kindness a little at a time.” ■