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Sharing Bucket's cause close to coach's heart

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Care to Share volunteers and members of the Fort Scott Community College women's basketball team (pink shirts) stand together for a photo following one of their fundraisers.
Members of the Fort Scott Community College women's basketball team worked with Care to Share members assisting with "The Sharing Bucket" project on Feb. 24.

The Sharing Bucket held its annual chili feed in conjunction with Community Christian Church located across the street from the FSCC campus. Members of the Women's Basketball team helped with serving chili, desserts, and drinks, worked the information table, and aided in clean-up. The Sharing Bucket was also a part of the FSCC Pink Zone event held during a home basketball game versus Johnson County Feb. 11th.

The Sharing Bucket is made up of Care to Share members, which was formed in 2007, and consists of cancer survivors and other local volunteers that meet quarterly to share experiences and discuss different topics related to cancer and also conducts periodic fundraisers throughout the year.

The Chili Feed helped to raise money for the organization to help provide emotional and financial assistance to local cancer patients and their families. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser assist local cancer patients with expenses such as fuel, transportation, food, utility bills, hotel stays, and other items pertaining to treatments. Members also provide emotional support through a number of ways, including a prayer chain, by sending cards and letters, and providing dinners.

"This is an amazing organization made up of people that see the great picture," FSCC head women's basketball coach Diana Couch said. "That life is precious and often when dealing with cancer it's more the burden of finances, the pride of asking for help with basic necessities that can get in the way, most importantly the lack emotional support that can really take a toll on the patient and families dealing with cancer. They help to try and ease all those worries and allow patients and their families to focus on the fight not the baggage that goes with it.

"I began my involvement with this organization when I asked that my father be put on the prayer list six months ago. Since then the constant support of prayer and emails has helped me emotionally dealing with the fact that I am over 1,300 miles away from my father during his fight. I personally have seen and understand the toll it has taken on my father and family. I will always be thankful for what the Care to Share members do to help this community and encourage everyone to get involved with the Sharing Bucket".

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