Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2018/2019 - Page 14

THE IMPACT OF MISD’S COLORS FOR CARING INITIATIVE F or three years, Mansfield ISD has held Colors for Caring on the first Monday of each month during the school year to show support to those who have been affected by cancer. The initiative to wear cancer awareness colors on those designated days began after Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas was successfully treated for his thymoma cancer and was overwhelmed by the support he received through his medical journey. He then realized that encouragement is a necessary component in the fight against cancer. Many MISD students and staff members have since shared how Colors for Caring has touched their lives. From those still battling cancer to those who have survived and are now supporting others in the fight, these are the reasons why Colors for Caring is so impactful. OVERCOMING CANCER “It made me feel happy to see so many people supporting me and wearing the shirt. I just want to thank all of them and let them know that everything they do means a lot to me,” Fulcher explained. Doctors cannot operate on the tumor because of its location on her brain, but Fulcher’s treatments have shrunk the tumor down to a myopic size. She is now working on getting her body movements back to where they were before her diagnosis. The sophomore added that she wants to encourage others with cancer to keep the faith and stay positive no matter what doctors say. Fulcher (top middle) is manager of the basketball team this school year. S ydnei Fulcher was excited to get her high school basketball career started. As a freshman, she was often leading the pack as her team ran drills, but that all mysteriously changed. FIGHTING THE BATTLE AGAIN “I started to notice that I was getting slower on the court. That was weird for me. Then as I was going down the stairs at home, my hand would start to curl up on its own, and I was losing some movement and control in my body,” the Lake Ridge High School sophomore recalled. After conducting several medical exams, doctors found a cancerous tumor on her brain that would further affect her speech and movement. The Maberrys said they cannot thank the community enough for the support. Coach Stephani Gray noticed Fulcher’s condition and wanted to do something that would show how much the 15-year-old meant to the school. “Smile for Sydnei” shirts were made in Fulcher’s favorite color of yellow. The girls basketball teams wore them on Colors for Caring days and other special game days. T he emotional journey of battling cancer began in January of 2018 for Mansfield High School head football coach Daniel Maberry. He went to the doctor because he was experiencing a burning sensation in his legs and arms and found out that he had late-stage lymphoma. 11 M A NSFIELD ISD.O RG