Kassi Coleman, Beckley resident and mother of three, has survived the fight of a lifetime.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and had to undergo 20 weeks of chemotherapy to remove it. Coleman says she was overwhelmed when Hollywood and Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary Schools teamed up for a Pink Out basketball and volleyball fundraiser for her family.
“It’s hard to not cry,” Coleman said. “It’s so incredible. They actually just called me and said, we don’t want to negotiate anything for you. We’re doing this, and we want to do it for you and your family, so just let us take over and do it.”
Dozens of people dressed in pink showed up to the event Tuesday night to support Coleman.
For the schools, it was not just a chance for the kids to get some exercise while celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Pink Out was a time to honor one Hollywood Elementary’s most courageous mothers and take a financial weight off of her shoulders.
Proceeds from the fundraiser are going towards helping Coleman with medical bills and other needs.
“I told my cheerleaders, we’re not doing this for us, and we’re not doing it for each other,” Rachel Weis, Hollywood Elementary cheer leading coach. “We’re doing it for this family and this mother who is battling this. And it’s for a great cause and it’s a big struggle, and we want to lighten the burden for her and her family, while also bringing the community together to help.”
Coleman says she will undergo radiation treatment within the next week to make sure the cancer doesn’t return.
“They usually don’t recommend mammograms starting until I think age 40. But obviously I’m 29 and it hits people earlier than that. So do the self breast exams and get your mammograms and be aware of yourself,” Coleman said.
Coleman wants to thank everyone who came out for the Pink Out tonight. She says the people supporting her have helped give her the courage to fight breast cancer.
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