Softball team honors Custer

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Teammates stick together.

On August 31, Brittany Custer played with her Lady Panther teammates in the Ray-Pec Softball Tournament.

“She had a cough for a couple weeks and just couldn’t seem to shake it,” said softball head coach Jim Brown.

The day after the tournament victory, Custer’s family decided to take her to the hospital thinking she may have had bronchitis. Cass Regional Medical Center thought something didn’t sound right, so they scheduled a CT scan.

A scan of her lungs revealed some dark shadows.

After being admitted to Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, it was discovered that Custer had a form of cancer in her lungs.

Now, as the young lady goes through her senior year of high school while also sitting on the sidelines due to her illness and the treatments needed to combat it, her team wanted to do something special in her honor.

The Ray-Pec seniors posed with head coach Jim Brown after the game. Custer was not present due to preparations for the Homecoming Queen contest (which she won).

The Ray-Pec seniors posed with head coach Jim Brown after the game. Custer was not present due to preparations for the Homecoming Queen contest (which she won).

“The team wanted to show their support for her by wearing a special jersey,” said Coach Brown.

Last Friday night when the Lady Panthers took on Blue Springs, the girls wore that special jersey. Fellow senior Bekah Mueller designed the shirts that all donned Custer’s name and number along with the phrase, “No one fights alone.”

Ray-Pec may have lost the game last Friday against the Wildcats, but they provided a perfect example of what a great team looks like.

To help support the Custer family going into the holiday season, The Journal has committed to donating $5 of every new subscription sold through the months of October and November to Brittany’s cause.

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