From OHC

April 24, 2024

The young Lady Warriors of the Eastern High School Varsity Soccer team in Brown County know a lot about hard work, working as a team, and community service.

Their story of giving back started with a teammate’s mom, Angela Whitaker, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2022. Immediately her daughter’s friends and teammates stepped up to help.  The ladies organized a Kick for A Cure game to raise funds for Angela’s family.  While they provided support to their teammate and her family, the team quickly recognized their impact, and their community’s support, and felt a passion to do more.

In early 2023, Dan Silvis, the coach for the Lady Warrior’s girls’ team, was also impacted by cancer. His wife Bonnie had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and like Angela, both ladies are patients of OHC medical oncologist and hematologist Mark E. Johns, MD at the OHC Eastgate office. “Because of the help and support we’ve received from OHC, we wanted to give back and help the cancer patients at this location,” Dan explains. This was another opportunity for the girls to get involved. They shared their desire to help other patients with OHC Eastgate financial navigator Whitney Combs. Whitney discussed with Dan and Bonnie that many OHC patients struggle to afford gas to get to their appointments, as well as groceries.  “The team challenge was on as the girls decided to use the money raised to buy gas and grocery gift cards that could be given to OHC Eastgate, where they had a connection, and they were thrilled with the idea,” describes Dan.

As the Warriors prepared for yet another Kick for A Cure game, the effort and creativity were elevated by the girls who did several team bonding events where they painted rocks, made friendship bracelets, and one player even made a homemade quilt to auction off.  The community came together, parents helped make gift baskets, and with all their efforts, their team collected $750 to donate!  “As a coach, I’m super proud of these girls, they are the cream of the crop and have always been selfless. Before we started this, they would offer to help in any way they could, doing yard work for the elderly or other things like that.  These girls are hard workers and they’re just amazing,” notes Dan.

With the money raised, the team delivered individual $25.00 Kroger gift cards totaling $750.00. Dr. Johns, who was able to meet the young ladies when they dropped off the gift cards, upholds this sentiment, adding “The hard work these young ladies give to their community, without the need for praise or reward, is outstanding.  They may never understand the impact their act has on our patients, and I am very grateful to have witnessed it.”

Angela, Dan, and Bonnie are incredibly thankful to have been a part of these young ladies’ acts of selfless service.  Their willingness to give up time with their friends while they prepped items to sell shows their generosity of spirit and it’s even more personal this year for the Silvis family; “our granddaughter is a freshman on the team!” adds Dan.

When asked about what they’ll do next year, Dan said the girls have already started planning.  “It’s an annual tradition now, and I couldn’t be prouder of their dedication to the cause,” comments Dan.

OHC is extremely grateful to the Lady Warriors soccer team who contributed their time, resources, and kindness to support our cancer patients. Your generosity has truly made a difference and inspired us all to continue to spread compassion in our community.

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