GHS basketball shooting for a cure

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GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys and girls basketball teams will be sponsoring their annual “Superhero Night” on Friday, February 10, in honor of Jack Rollins, a Clarksburg child, who recently passed away after a brave two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. 

Both of the school’s varsity teams, will host the Berkeley Springs Indians, at the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium.

The girl’s game will tip off at 6:00 p.m. and the boys match-up will follow.

According to the GHS girl’s basketball coach the players have designated this game as “Shoot for a cure” to try to raise money for the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital, in order to help fight childhood cancer.

“Ralph and Crystal Morris, along with Joe and Eileen Greynolds, were very instrumental in my love for the game of basketball,” shared Moore. “Both of them lost someone close to them, to childhood cancer, and it’s one of my ways to help honor those who fought this battle.”

Special t-shirts for the game will be available. Moore shared that the shirt design was a collaborative effort between Black Bear Customs and himself.

Shirts will be available for purchase at Black Bear Customs, which is located on Route 50, beside the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

The costs of shirts are $10 for sizes small to extra large and $12 for two and three XL. Shirts can also be ordered online at www.blackbearapparel.com. All of the profits from shirt sales will go directly to the WVU Children’s Hospital. In addition, students who wear “Shoot for a Cure” shirts or a superhero shirt will be admitted into the game for one dollar.

Jack was diagnosed with Stage Four, High Risk, Neuroblastoma Cancer, in December 2013, at age two.

Rollins was known for his love of others and his giving heart, as well as, his love of superheroes. His family shared on his Facebook page that Jack often received treatments dressed at Spiderman, Batman, or Superman.

While dressed as a superhero, Jack would visit other children in the hospital to raise their spirits.

According to Jack’s parents, Ryan and Brooke Rollins, “He was a beautiful little boy, with a beautiful heart and soul.”

Jack passed away in July, 2016, at five years old. His sweet smile and kind heart touched the lives of so many individuals.

Locals continue to be forever “Jack Strong”.


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