Battle for the Cure Honors Hancock High Student

The “Battle for the Paddle” is a longtime rivalry between Hancock and Bay St. Louis high schools. Each year, whichever team wins the football game gets to keep the paddle for the next year.
Tonight, the two schools came together and hosted “Battle for A Cure” to honor a Hancock High student who lost her battle with cancer in June.
A sea of purple flooded Hancock High for the big football game against Bay St. Louis but this game had a deeper meaning than usual.
Glenda Rockwell was a junior at Hancock High School. She lost her battle to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in June. Hancock senior Shelby Anderson wanted to bring the two schools together to honor her best friend. She came up with the idea for a “purple out.” “Bay High is also a part of Glenda’s community,” said Anderson, “and everyone in her community is together tonight, so all the people she cares about, they’re here tonight.”
Shelby designed the shirts for students, faculty and guests to wear. The color purple represents the type of cancer that Glenda suffered from.
The proceeds from the t-shirts go to the Glenda Foundation. A tent was also set up where guests could sign up to donate bone marrow and be on the registration.
The football game became a community wide event for cancer awareness. The bone marrow registry and proceeds to the Glenda Foundation both supported the cause. “Glenda knew she was loved, especially when she found out she had cancer. I think, right now, she’s smiling the biggest smile she’s ever had,” said Anderson.
Glenda’s family and friends were presented with their own purple paddle by both football teams in honor of tonight’s remembrance.

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