Thursday, October 14, 2010
Some Newton football players aren't shy about looking a little different tonight. The 8th grade football team - thinking pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month. The disease - affecting their own team. The team donned pink socks while the grandmother of two of the players underwent a double mastectomy.
A group of boys doing what boys like to do... play football. But this game will be special for two of these players because their grandmother will be undergoing surgery for breast cancer while they play.
"I'm just gonna go out there and do everything I can for my grandma," said Cody Stineman.
The boys spent all day Wednesday dying socks pink in honor of Jane Seeney. Seeney is the grandmother of Kyle Seeney and Cody Stineman. After discovering a cancerous lump in her breast for the second time in her life, she is undergoing a double mastectomy.
"The hardest thing I've gone through with this is having to tell my children a second time," Seeney said. "That here we go again and now I have grandchildren and having to let them know."
But grandma wouldn't want these Newton boys to miss their game. So the boys decided to ask the team if they would wear pink socks.
"We asked a few of our teammates if it'd be a good idea or not and they all said yes, so we kinda went with it from there," said Kyle Seeney.
So after dying 40 pairs of socks, the team shared a short prayer before game time and these 8th graders took the field.
"When I realized it was because of me and for me, it was like 'Oh, i have the most amazing grandchildren' that they would want to do that for me," explained Seeney.
"She says she's taking a journey instead of having all these issues and worry about everything," Cody Stineman said as he choked back some emotion. "She's incredibly strong."
Back on the field, the Newton Railers teammates don't think twice about looking a little different.
"It feels good because I know we're doing something for someone that's really important to these two," said teammate Manny Garcia as he hugged Cody and Kyle.
"If you suspect something, get it checked," pleaded Ginger Stineman, Jane's daughter. "Go to the doctor because it is real. For us, it felt like these things happen to everybody else, but it doesn't happen to everybody else."
The 8th grade Newton Railers beat Derby Thursday night 6-0.