Lakeview and Aurora Team Up to Fight Childhood Cancer

COLUMBUS, Neb. – While Lakeview and Aurora did face-off against each other on the softball diamond on Thursday, the two squads also combined their efforts to take on a much tougher opponent.

Childhood cancer.

The two teams wore special uniforms which sported the ‘Go Gold’ slogan.

The event was for Aurora student manager Maddy Spellman who fought cancer.

“Last year about this time, it was a little earlier in the year, she lost her battle,” says Lakeview Head Coach Erica Zywiec.

Zywiec and a Lakeview assistant coach got the idea in the offseason, that when the Viqueens faced Aurora, the two teams could play a game in memory of Maddy.

Now they did play memorial game last year, but this year they added shirts, a silent auction and raffle, which included big ticket items such as Husker football and volleyball tickets.

“We wanted to do this in her memory and kind of have something to show for it,” says Zywiec.

Every item offered, including raffle and auction items, as well as concessions, is going to go to a very good place.

“We’re going to split the donations this year to Sammy’s Superheroes and to (the charity) Emma Strong, and her dad was actually a Lakeview graduate,” says Zywiec.

Yellow carnations would be passed out to every player in between the JV and varsity games, where they also would announce the raffle and auction winners. The two teams planned on closing the evening with a combined late-night dinner.

And, the two teams hope to hold something similar next year in Aurora.

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