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I was so excited to be turning 36 years old in the month of March, but oh boy did that change drastically when I suddenly found a lump in my left breast. I was in disbelief. Soon after the doctor ordered a mammogram, an ultrasound followed. Everything was moving fast and so I was scared and nervous. Right after my ultrasound, a doctor came in and told me, “We will need to do a biopsy.” My heart dropped and I was scared. I began to cry and the Dr. comforted and advised me not to worry because there’s a 70% chance it’s not cancer. I began to sob because, in my heart, I already knew it was cancer. A couple days later I had the biopsy done and was told I would know results in 3-5 days.
March 25, 2016 was day of results… What I remember is the Dr. coming and doing an exam. I was so nervous and crying. She then said the biopsy results showed Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. The doctor continued to talk, but I couldn’t hear anything because it was all a blur. I asked to her to please stop speaking because I couldn’t hear anything she was saying, so I went back on Monday.
We decided that the best plan that would work for me was to shrink the cancer as soon as possible by doing 8 rounds of chemo aggressively. Next step was Lumpectomy then 35 rounds of radiation. All treatments were a success. I am now almost 2 years out of treatments and Cancer is in Remission. It’s been hell of a ride, but I will continue to fight and never give up. here.
Umpire Grant osantowski
Hello, name is Tamara Harper. I was diagnosed last February 2017 with stage one breast cancer. In April 2017, I had a double mastectomy and had chemotherapy starting in July of 2018. Last year was a very hard year for me, my family and friends since I was battling breast cancer and my mom died that same year from uterine cancer. However, my husband of 16 years, Brian, and my three children, Brianna, Joshua, and Ava were always by my side cheering me on. This encouragement from my family and friends really helped me press on each day.
Praise God, this year, I am doing very well. My blood work has come back great and reveals that I do not need anymore chemotherapy. I have also made a lot of changes in my life since last year, like never taking my love ones for granted and making the most of each day of my life, which is a gift from God. Cancer has not been easy for me, but this terrible diagnosis has made me a stronger individual.
2005 – Principal Karen Stevenson okays the first game at King. Modeled after Norte Vista High School, but with the added element of a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. Raised $2,300.
2007 – Added community involvement through donations of prizes to be given away during raffles between innings. Best prize was an Ipod. Over 40 seniors sign up to play.
2009 – Raised money to give our first scholarship to a graduating senior. Most money ever raised during the game. $6,493 delivered to ACS.
2010 – Both teams have over 40 players. City Councilman Paul Davis helps with the first pitch ceremony.
2012- Gave away two $1000 scholarships this year to honor Brian Cowder and Jaz Battieste.
2013 – Freshman student, Jason Warren, forms the King Kids Against Cancer club to bring students together to help those with cancer as well as help keep the game going.
2015- Added a third scholarship of $1000 in honor of community supporter of the game and the King Kids Against Cancer club: Bob Mlynarski.
2016- After years of supporting and playing in our game, Principal Darel Hansen moves to the district office and new Principal, Mike West joins the staff team. A fourth scholarship of $1000 is established to honor King Counselor, Dave Tucker, who passed away.
Umpire Danny Simpson
Started with the idea of wanting to help King High students understand the importance of cancer prevention and giving them a "face to go along with the disease," Rod Warren and Todd Pollard, teachers at King, decided to establish this game.
Each year, before the game, the teams are on the field and a special person from the community is introduced by Susie Jaggers, our game M.C., to throw out the first pitch. We have been honored to have a Riverside Police Officer, three teachers, a local football coach and two students represent the thousands affected by cancer each year
Umpire Kevin PLante
Principal Mike West
Susie Jaggers and Susan Schulte