Friday Night Fight for a Cure sells 989 shirts for campaign

Staff Reporter

The Fight never ends as three woman continue to fight cancer for themselves, their friends, and most of all — their community.
Three coaches Jill Locklar, Carla Lambert, and Carola Martin with the Sweetwater Independent School District came together with the idea of Friday Night Fight in 2002 when Locklar was diagnosed with breast cancer. 
The friends wanted to host something that gave other women of all ages a chance to find out if they had breast cancer in the early stages. 
“The more we can get screened the more lives we can save and that is our goal everyday,” said Martin who is an Instructional Technology Specialist and girl’s golf coach for SISD.
Every year during October which has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month nationwide, there is an enormous fundraiser where the entire community participates and buys pink shirts to help raise funds for the cause.
Martin said Friday morning that 989 T-shirts had been sold in this year’s campaign.
In the past, Sweetwater has paired up with Snyder selling 1,300 shirts for the night of the big football game, Sweetwater versus Snyder.
Martin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2013. 
The women decided then to further their effort. They organized and hosted a summer golf tournament — Saving for the Cures — to raise funds for both causes using pink and teal ribbon colors to signify women cancer awareness.
“The golf tournaments have had some pretty great turnouts and one summer the tournament raised more than $10,000. With those funds we donate them to ovarian cancer support groups that need money to print pamphlets and other marketing supplies to help spread the word,” Martin said.
“All Sweetwater residents and coaches work hard for their hometown,” she said.
Each year the women donate a large portion of the funds to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. That money allows Nolan County women to go get free breast cancer screenings and mammograms. This year there will be a donation made of $6000 at the Survivor’s Luncheon held October 13.
“It is always better to find out earlier in life rather than finding out too late especially if there is a family history of it,” Martin said.
At Friday’s pep rally Jennie Dodd spoke of her recent battle and gave a representation to help students and residents know there is a way to fight cancer and to also thank those who participate in the effort whether it be raising money or getting the word out on early detection and awareness. The pep rally was also dedicated in her honor. Dodd was presented a sign saying “I Choose Joy”, and a shirt with the same saying, that the cheerleaders and “cheer moms” also wore in support.