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Rattlers host fundraising event for teammate diagnosed with cancer

November 4, 2015
On Saturday, November 7, 2015 the Medicine Hat College Rattlers will be showing support for their teammate Kaila Gavel, a member of the women’s volleyball team who is currently battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma and bone cancer.

Both the volleyball and basketball teams will play a game in support of Play for K-Day.

During this event attendees are asked to wear purple in support of Kaila. The Rattlers will also have #TeamKaila t-shirts available with a minimum donation of $20, and purple socks for a minimum donation of $15. A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping Kaila with her treatment costs. Cash donations will also be accepted on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society.

“Together as a college community and as a Rattlers family we are trying to provide assistance and show our support to Kaila,” says Patrick Sharp, athletic events supervisor. “We want her to know that she isn’t alone in this battle.”

When asked how the concept of Play for K-Day came to be, Sharp explains that it was an idea driven by the staff and students at MHC who wanted to show their support for the student athlete.

 “Kaila is a strong player and the reigning MHC Rattlers Rookie of the Year, we know she’s being just as strong during her treatments and committed to getting better,” says Sharp. “Hopefully this event will give her an extra push and help speed up her recovery.”

The game day schedule includes Olds College versus the Rattlers volleyball teams at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Lethbridge College versus the Rattlers basketball teams at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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