Pharos-Tribune

January 24, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Proud of the support shown


— Last Friday night, Lewis Cass hosted Northwestern High School in a varsity basketball game. The real story that night had very little to do with the game and everything to do with America at its best.

At the end of the first quarter, a gentleman got up and spoke to the crowd, which was unusually large, about a woman in the Northwestern community who had cancer and three kids. She was to have 12 chemo treatments and evidently her insurance had changed and she was going to have to pay a large sum out of her own pocket co-pay for the last two treatments.

It was going to be approximately $2,500 for each treatment. He looked around the crowd and said “If everyone could even give a dollar, just think of how it would help.” Before he was finished speaking, almost everyone began pulling money out of their pockets. The cheerleaders of both teams went through each row. At the end of the game, it was announced that more than $3,200 had been raised.

What a breath of fresh air. In a small town in north central Indiana on a cold January night, there was no arguing, no difficulties, no need to compromise, just two communities that stepped up to the plate and did the right thing.

To quote the great song mostly used by the NCAA now, it was our “shining moment.” I was proud to be a part of it.

Jinner Richason, Logansport