Runnels coach "goes green" to support student with cancer
BATON ROUGE - The head volleyball coach at Runnels in Baton Rouge is going green, not for the environment, but in support of a student who is battling cancer.
Coach Jean Martinez agreed to dye her hair green if the school raised at least $2,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of Emily Durham. She was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer in November and is undergoing treatment at St. Jude.
"When we found out it was the night before our playoff game. She came into practice and she told us and everybody just didn't know what to believe. No one wanted to believe it was true," Jessica Branscum said.
Branscum and other students decided to help by raising money. After the boy's basketball team shaved their heads, Coach Martinez decided to get on board. For the coach, dyeing her hair green was a small commitment for one of her strongest players.
"This thing came on kind of fast, but she played through all of the pain," Coach Martinez said.
Martinez plans to take it a step further, by shaving her green hair into a Mohawk. The student who raises the most money gets the honor of shaving the coach's hair during half-time at a Runnels' basketball game.
The game, against Episcopal, is scheduled for February 7th at 4 p.m. in Runnel's gymnasium. The school will donate all proceeds from the basketball game to St. Jude.
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