The Camdenton Lady Lakers didn't just beat West Plains 10-0 at home on Tuesday night. They also put a big dent in their goal of raising $2,500 to help fight cancer. The Lady Lakers and Lady Zizzers sold special "Red Card Cancer" t-shirts before the match. The teams also played with special pink soccer balls to keep their cause of fighting cancer on the minds of everyone involved in the game. This is the second year that the girls' soccer game between Camdenton and West Plains involved an anti-cancer fundraiser.


The Camdenton Lady Lakers didn't just beat West Plains 10-0 at home on Tuesday night. They also put a big dent in their goal of raising $2,500 to help fight cancer.

The Lady Lakers and Lady Zizzers sold special "Red Card Cancer" t-shirts before the match. The teams also played with special pink soccer balls to keep their cause of fighting cancer on the minds of everyone involved in the game. This is the second year that the girls' soccer game between Camdenton and West Plains involved an anti-cancer fundraiser.

"Last year we raised $2,200 and we we able to help out some people in need. The girls felt real good about it and it gave us a lot of team unity," Camdenton head coach J.D. Hunter said.

At the end of Tuesday's game, Camdenton High School teacher and breast cancer survivor Nancy Becker spoke to players from both teams. Becker shared her story of fighting cancer head-on and encouraged the players to continue their efforts.

"You are doing something phenomenal, so I want to thank you," Becker told the athletes.

Becker drew comparisons between her cancer fight and soccer game. She described an aggressive treatment plan that included experimental chemotherapy and surgery. She described the time that followed her diagnosis in September, 2003 as "a whirlwind."

"It was scary at first, but for me it kind of turned around," Becker said. "I said, 'I am going to be positive. I can choose. I can be positive or I can be depressed, mad, or sad."

Much like a player giving total effort in a soccer game, Becker committed to beating breast cancer with the help of a team of doctors, family and friends.

"I had a team of family, friends and colleagues and I couldn't have done it without every one of them," Becker said. "I relied on those doctors and I trusted them, just like you rely on your coaches and your teachers."

The athletes picked two beneficiaries for their fundraising efforts.

"We split it between a family that is currently battling cancer. We go 50 percent to that and we go 50 percent to the American Cancer Society," Hunter explained.

In addition to the t-shirt sales, the Camdenton soccer team plans to raise money at Gran Rally go-kart track in Osage Beach on Sunday, May 1. When a person buys an $8 ride, $4 goes toward the Lady Lakers' cancer fight.