The St. Edmond community will lend a helping hand to one of their own tonight.
The school is supporting 18-year-old Alli Huss, who recently found out she has acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Huss, a staple in the St. Edmond athletic department, finished as the third leading scorer in the school's basketball history (984). To help in her recovery efforts, the Gael softball program will be holding a "Tribute" night for Huss on Wednesday.
There will be raffle tickets sold, along with a split-the-pot to help raise money for Huss's care.
Local photographer Dale Wooten, St. Edmond softball coach and St. Edmond girls basketball coach Scott Messerly will also donate by shaving their heads if enough money is raised.
Wooten came up with the idea of cutting off all his hair if $250 was raised. Hunt was next to commit at $1,000, and if $3,000 is raised, Messerly will also go bald.
The Gaels will attempt to raise at least $5,000 in all.
"Alli is really close to our program and all of the teams here at St. Edmond,'' Hunt said. "She has been a teammate to the majority of these girls, and they all have a special bond with her.
"This is a tough battle at any age, let alone 18 years old. We're just hoping we can try to take some of the pressure off her family's shoulders so she can just worry about fighting this.''
Messerly, who coached Huss for most of her basketball career, is ready to help out anyway possible.
"All of my players and past players are really special to me and the entire St. Edmond community,'' Messerly said. "I was willing to do anything.
"I would have shaved my head for any amount of money. Alli is a wonderfull girl. She has a lot of people praying for her.''
The Gaels face Algona at 7:30 p.m. in the varsity contest at Rogers Park. The tribute will begin after the JV?game at approximately 6:45 p.m.