With the help of tiny boxing gloves and Scriptural passages, Katelyn Wade is encouraging cancer patients to keep fighting the disease.
The Byng High School junior and other members of the Meat Science 4-H Club have participated in the past in Relay for Life, a fundraiser for cancer research sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The fight against cancer recently took on new meaning for Wade, and she decided to ramp up her involvement in Relay.
“This past year, my nana found out she had breast cancer, and a couple of other members of our church,” Wade said Friday. “So I felt like I should kind of make a bigger project for it instead of just participating in the walking during May.”
To raise money for her 4-H project, the Byng High School senior sold cupcakes at various locations around Ada. She used the funds to buy key rings adorned with miniature boxing gloves, which symbolize the fight against cancer. The cupcake sales generated enough money to cover the cost of the items, and any additional funds will go to Relay for Life.
After buying the items, Wade attached the key rings to picture frames which contained a Bible verse and an inspirational message which compares the struggle against cancer to a boxing match.
Wade said she gave a framed message and a key ring last week to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy at Mercy Hospital Ada, and he seemed to appreciate the gift.
“He seemed really just happy to have someone there,” she said. “It was pretty neat to be able to do that.”
Wade said she planned to give additional gifts to patients at cancer centers in Shawnee and Oklahoma City.
Wade got the idea for her project shortly after her grandmother, Sue Bricker of Ada, was diagnosed with breast cancer. A nurse at the Integris Cancer Institute in Oklahoma City was giving miniature boxing gloves to cancer patients to remind them of the struggle against the disease.