Imagine an alley-oop, slam dunk, buzzer-beating shot to win the championship...now multiply it by 100.
Now imagine the winning shot was from an energetic, enthusiastic, smiling 4-year-old girl from Estevan. That's about as close as we'll get to a metaphor describing the atmosphere inside the ECS gymnasium on Friday night.
The Senior ECS Elecs girls basketball team tipped off the Victor Elias Memorial "Shoot For A Cure" Pink tournament on March 2nd for the 7th straight year. Wearing their pink jerseys, the girls from Estevan brought out their special guest before their first game against the Balgonie Griffins.
Mackenzie Delanie, a 4-year-old girl currently undergoing treatments to battle a rare form of blood cancer, was chosen as the Elecs recipient of the proceeds from the tournament and the students from the ECS.
"It's always hard to accept help, and I fought with them for a while, but then I gave in and tonight was just so overwhelming," expressed Mackenzie's mom, Tara John. Tara is also a teacher at the ECS and was extremely grateful for the community support.
"With all the support and care from the community and all the things the kids have done this week at school for fundraising....it's been an overwhelming week."
A 'Pie-In-the-Face' fundraiser was put on throughout the week for all students before the fundraising efforts on Friday night. Featuring donated concession items for purchase, dozens of generous raffle items, and even a little 'Flamingo Ring-Toss' game, those who strolled into the gym on Friday and enjoyed the basketball also gave what they could to support Mackenzie.
All proceeds will help support Mackenzie and her family with travel and treatment costs.