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September 5-- Vidalia High School Softball held its annual cancer awareness game on Wednesday at the Reservation. The GHSA designates a week in September for high school teams across the state to raise awareness by allowing them to wear the color that coordinates with the cancer awareness. This year, Coach Thompson chose to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Pam Blount was asked to throw out the ceremonial first and had this to announce to all in attendance before the pitch. 9 5 19 Blount

"Hello everyone, my name is Pamela Blount and I would first like to say Thank you for having me today. I am currently undergoing Breast Cancer treatment and preparing for Bilateral Mastectomy surgery next week. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in Jan of this year after a routine Mammogram.   I am ashamed to say prior to this I have never been one to do self-exams or had never had a mammogram prior. I felt with no family history I would be fine. I quickly realized I was wrong. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer ... Please I urge you all to take your health seriously.  Educate yourself, younger women are being diagnosed and with early detection, survival rate past 5 years is as high as 93%. Again I would like to say Thank you for having me today and Let’s Go Lady Indians!"

9 5 19 Blount and Coach Thompson

Vidalia head coach Brad Thompson added....any time we have an avenue to educate not only our students here at VHS but our beloved fans is one we should never deny. Today we had the opportunity to have someone that our players are familiar with share her experience which hopefully makes it real to our team. I would like to thank Pam for having the courage to share her story and for her to know that Indian Nation is behind her, Chris and their children all the way. It was another GREAT DAY TO BE A VIDALIA INDIAN! (Pictures by Carroll Williams)

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