Basketball teams have joined the fight against breast cancer waged by athletes everywhere. Teams hold "pink out" games to help support cancer research.
Webster County held one on Friday night, supporting a head coach beloved by everyone in highlander country.
Sharon Baird is a teacher, a coach, and most importantly a mother. Cancer was the last thing to ever cross her mind. During a routine doctor's appointment in March, her life changed forever.
"He looked at me and started doing the ultrasound and he said, you have cancer. I was just stunned. I was like, 'I can't, I have three little kids. There's no way I can have cancer.' He said, 'I see it, this is what I do for a living,'" Webster County Girls Basketball Head Coach Sharon Baird said.
Sharon's husband Ryan, along with the help of numerous people in the Webster County community, organized a "pink out" during Friday night's girl's basketball game against Roane County.
"It's as important to me as if she wasn't a coach, then it wouldn't feel the same. She's part of the family, we're part of her family, even though I'm not her daughter," Highlander senior Point Guard Samantha Stout said. "It means a lot."
"As a cancer survivor too, I know how much the community support means," Webster County Relay for Life Chairwoman Amy McCoy said. "Sharon and her family have been good people. When you're good to people, they're good back. So we all want to show our support for her."
The Lady Highlanders lost the game 57-54, but the true victory lies with Sharon and her successful bout with a disease that claims the lives of so many people each year.
"I feel good, I really do," Baird responded. "I've been through the chemotherapy, had my mastectomy done. It's been about five weeks. In about probably a week or so I'm going to be starting radiation. I'll have that for about 34 or 38 days straight and in a year later I'll have another surgery."
Doctors have told Sharon she's almost finished with her treatment. It's a sign that life's battles can only be overcome by fighting them head on. A fight that is clearly appreciated in Webster County.