June 10, 2012

5K Race/Walk/Jog set for Sunday, June 10

Fundraiser to Help WNC Athlete Beat Cancer

Melaine Pfeiffer
Melaine Pfeiffer

Western Nevada College student athlete Melanie Pfeiffer has been a fierce fighter on the field for two years as shortstop for the Wildcats softball team. Now, she is in a fierce fight against cancer. The Wooster High School graduate who just this week earned her Associate of Arts degree at WNC now must face melanoma skin cancer, and do it without medical insurance.

In true team fashion, Melanie’s Wildcats teammates are rallying around their friend, planning a fund-raising race - a 5K run/walk/jog/ on Sunday, June 10, at 4 p.m. It will begin and end at El Charro Avitia Mexican Restaurant, 4389 South Carson St. Afterward, the Avitia family will host a complimentary buffet and music, along with a no-host bar. Entry fee: $25.

"She has a really great support system," said WNC Interim Coach Rosie Contri. "She didn't want to tell anybody and have a pity party. She's a great kid who's willing to do anything for anybody."

Participants can register for the event online at www.active.com. Those who cannot participate may donate to the Melanie Pfeiffer Medical Fund at any Bank of America.

Pfeiffer, 19, learned of test results from the cancerous growth on her right arm before the team departed for the Region 18 tournament in Salt Lake City. She insisted on making the trip and playing.

"She said they'd have to chop off her (right) arm to keep her from playing, and she'd still play left-handed," Contri said.

From her first day at WNC, Melanie has been called a ‘sparkplug’ by Wildcats Softball Coach Leah Wentworth because of her boundless energy and effort. She earned second team honors this season for her outstanding play in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, one of the toughest junior college softball conferences in the country.

Pfeiffer has scholarship offers from Western Oregon and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She plans to coach the Carson Wildcats, an 18U softball program, with Wildcat Assistant Coach Sam Herceg this summer.

"I'm just moving forward and doing what I have to do. I'll do whatever it takes to get through it," Pfeiffer said.

For additional information, contact Bethany Henry-Herman at 775.291.6214 or bhenryherm@gmail.com. Pfeiffer is grateful to Henry-Herman, who recommended and made the doctor's appointment that revealed Pfeiffer's cancer.

"Bethany pretty much saved my life," Pfeiffer said. "It's been really amazing … it's touching how many people have come together."

Press Release: May 24, 2012

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