Keuka sports teams ‘Stick it to Cancer,’ go 7-for-7

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Cherie Smith, back, center, in black, and the Keuka College softball team in their pink t-shirts.

“Stick it to Cancer” t-shirts were sold at all Keuka College home sports events the weekend of April 9-10.

The fund-raiser, which benefited the American Cancer Society, was the brainchild of Cherie Smith, whose life has been touched by cancer.

Her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer and her grandmother had breast cancer.

“Stick it to cancer; that sounds pretty good to me,” said Smith, a senior management from Canastota.

In addition to purchasing t-shirts, fans supported cancer research by pledging money for every run the Keuka softball team scored, or every goal the men’s and/or women’s lacrosse team scored on the weekend.

Thanks to good weather –which contributed to a large turnout at the games—and some prolific goal - and run-producing by Keuka teams — cancer research received a boost. The women’s lacrosse team scored 35 goals in wins over Penn State-Abington (20-4) and College of St. Elizabeth (15-1) while the men’s lacrosse team topped Washington & Jefferson, 13-6.

The softball team contributed 20 runs in four victories (3-2 and 9-2 over SUNY Morrisville and 5-0 and 3-1 over SUNY IT).

Supporters also had the option of purchasing a balloon for $1 and writing on it the name of a family member or loved one that has been affected by cancer.

The balloons were released at each contest.

The Keuka softball team donned pink uniforms on the weekend, while other teams wore pink or blue shoelaces, sweatbands, and handbands.

Cherie Smith