King, Lees-McRae join forces for fight against cancer

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second straight year, the King University and Lees-McRae College cycling teams teamed up for cancer awareness. The two squads met at the midway point between Banner Elk, N.C. and Bristol to deliver the game ball prior to the Conference Carolinas soccer doubleheader between the schools. The game ball was presented to members of the King community that are cancer survivors.

"Cancer of all kinds is a devastating disease that has in some way impacted the lives of the majority of families," King Director of Athletics David Hicks said. "I'm proud of the coaches and student-athletes at both King and Lees-McRae for coming together and using competition to demonstrate that we're all the same team when it comes to battling cancer."

The members of the King community that served as honorary captains for the day were Administrative Assistant and Housekeeping Supervisor Debbie Shaffer, Assistant Professor of English Lori Byington, Territory Manager of Graduate and Professional Studies Nancy Beverly, Circulation Manager Marika Kimerer and Directory of Career Development Donny Felty.

Cancer is a disease that impacts millions of people worldwide on an annual basis. In addition to those diagnosed with the disease, nearly everyone has a family member or close friend who has been impacted. Each year, an estimated 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer worldwide, with a mortality rate of approximately 60 percent. 

In the last decade, thanks to tireless efforts by researchers and talented doctors, and the financial support and contributions of citizens around the country, the mortality rate for cancer has declined by 13 percent in the United States. While competitors on the field, Lees-McRae College and King University would like to remind everyone that when it comes to battling cancer, we're all on the same team.

From the Susan G Komen Foundation to the American Cancer Society, there are numerous organizations in the United States dedicated to the fight against cancer. King University and Lees McRae College encourage you to support the organization of your choice with a financial contribution.