VALRICO, Fla. – The courts have been packed. Matches on each and every court docket on the River Hills Country Club.
Competition all over the place.
June Rogers would have cherished this.
“June was a very special person and you don’t run into people like her very often,” mentioned her buddy Allison Townsend.
To totally perceive the affect June had on such a lot of lives, the crammed to capability tennis match in her honor used to be a super instance. That such a lot of confirmed as much as play tennis for June spoke volumes.
“This is a testament to how special she really was,” Allison mentioned.
June would had been in the midst of all this motion. But unfortunately, she misplaced her fight with colon most cancers in September. She didn’t pass down and not using a battle, despite the fact that. Even whilst present process chemotherapy remedies, June helped her group qualify for the United States Tennis Association Nationals.
“She’s inspired all these people,” Allison mentioned. “That’s why we’re out here today to honor her and honor her fight. She fought super hard.”
This match used to be if truth be told June’s concept. Something she deliberate prior to she passed on to the great beyond. Her buddies have been simply wearing out her needs.
“Before she passed, she took us out to dinner and we said is there anything we can do,” Allison mentioned, “and she said, I’m just really, really pissed off I can’t play in my own tournament.”
There have been a few stuff you don’t usually see at tennis match, like an open bar mere toes from the courts. Or the risqué jokes that every player learn prior to each and every fit, a nod to June’s depraved humorousness. But it used to be the massive, inflatable colon that in reality stood out, actually and figuratively.
And that’s precisely what June sought after – to attract consideration, in as giant some way as conceivable, to the hazards of colon most cancers and the significance of having checked early, one thing she didn’t do.
“Her legacy will prevent other people from getting diagnosed,” Dr. Sarah Hoffe mentioned. “And prevent things and be diagnosed at the earliest possible stage so we have all the treatment options that are possible.”
June Rogers made an affect on each and every individual she ever met. She left a hand print on their center. And even in demise, she is making a fair larger affect.
“She was a true friend,” Allison mentioned. “She wasn’t afraid to tell you the truth. And she had a great sense of humor. We promised her as a group that her unfortunate early passing would make a difference in other people’s lives.”