Every year the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies girls basketball team puts on an alumni game.
This year, the game has a little bit more special meaning.
Alice Moore, a 2012 graduate, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.
Students and faculty of Fredonia Central School pose for a photo with Alice Moore, front row, center, wearing their Alice’s Army T-shirts. Alice Moore, a 2012 Fredonia graduate is currently battling leukemia. The girls’ basketball team will host a game Friday against Immaculata, followed by an alumni game at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the Moore family.
When the alumni game takes place Friday at 7 p.m. at Fredonia Central School, all proceeds from the event will go toward three causes, including helping Moore. The event is titled "Alice's Army: Winning the Battle Against Leukemia."
"We always have an alumni game and look to do a charity game," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "As soon as Alice got diagnosed, we knew we had to do it. Once you're part of this team, you're always a part of the program. Every player leaves a mark on this program. This is a great opportunity for us to show Alice our support. We knew she needed help from her basketball family."
A Facebook page has been created for the event. Following is the event description:
"Fredonia High School is hosting the JV and Varsity girls games against Immaculata and the Alumni game to help raise money in honor of Alice Moore's battle against cancer. The JV game will be starting at 4 p.m., the Varsity game will be at 5:30 p.m., and the Alumni game will be starting at 7 p.m. Everyone and anyone is invited! We are trying to have a big turn out and raise as much money as possible for the cause!"
The current roster of Lady Hillbillies know Moore as they were in the program when Moore was a senior.
"Alice was one of the nicest kids I ever coached and had the biggest heart," Zirkle said. "Everyone looked to her as someone to go to with troubles. She is just that type of kid. She was always the one to step up."
The school has already began its support of Moore as students and faculty have begun wearing their Alice's Army T-shirts which will be on sale Friday at the game.
See ALICE, Page B2
"It's just so emotional that we are doing this," Zirkle said. "It's hard to see someone suffer like she is. She has a good prognosis."
During Fredonia's game at Southwestern on Monday, the Lady Trojans donated all $200 of their 50-50 raffle to Moore's cause. Several others have stepped up to support Moore.
St. Bonaventure, Jamestown Community College, Fredonia State, Mercyhurst North East and Canisius have all made contributions.
Adidas has helped with some shirts and other items for the raffle. Cleveland Cavalier tickets will be raffled off as well.
More than 400 Alice's Army T-shirts have been sold and more will be sold Friday along with bracelets.
"I don't know what the word is, but it's amazing to see how many teachers and students stepped up," Zirkle said. "Forestville has ordered shirts because Alice's mom works there. She had a really rough fall. I hope this helps her get through the next year of treatment."