Trevecca Nazarene University

Women's basketball team walk for leukemia

Cameron Scherer, 4, is one big reason why the Lady Trojans basketball team will be participating in the Light the Night Walk for leukemia research on Oct. 7, 2004.
When basketball practice ends at 5:30 P.M. today, Thursday, October 7, 2004, members of the Lady Trojans basketball team will make their way across town to work out some more, but this second workout will raise funds for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. The women will participate in the Light the Night Walk to raise funds for leukemia research. They were enlisted in this effort by Mariska Reed, a freshman member of the team.

Mariska's interest in the Light the Night Walk came about because of her friendship with Cameron Scherer, a four-year old leukemia patient and the son of the youth minister at Mariska's church, Lakeshore Christian Church in Antioch. Mariska has been Cameron's baby-sitter and his special friend. When Mariska took other members of the team to church with her and introduced them to Cameron, they, too, became interested in Cameron and his fight against leukemia. The women decided that they needed to do something for Cameron and agreed to raise funds by participating in the walk.

Mariska and Cameron's mother, Amy, created T-shirts with a picture of Cameron on the front for the team to wear in the walk, and tonight at 7 P.M. when the women walk the 2.4 miles of the Granny White Park route, they will wear those shirts and carry illuminated balloons. Each woman on the team donated $10 in order to participate in the walk.

Cameron was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2004. He has three years and three months of treatment ahead of him. The good news is that the type of leukemia that he has is 80-85% curable because of the research that has been done on this type of leukemia.

Mariska and the women on the Lady Trojans team will be working tonight to ensure that the research on this illness will continue.