November 3, 2012

Athletes promote breast-cancer awareness at Senior Night


“Finding a cure takes money,” Marnes said. “Every little bit (raised) may bring us closer (to finding a cure).”

The girls have been teammates and classmates for most of their education and soccer careers. Their friendship has created a camaraderie that goes above and beyond their efforts on the soccer field and in the classroom.

“They’re remarkable girls,” LoTemplio said of the quartet. “They do everything that’s expected of them and more. They made the decision that they wanted to give back to the community in some way. I’ve helped, but it’s all been them. They’ve organized all of this, and I’m very proud of them.”

The girls also sang a breast-cancer awareness song during halftime and welcomed breast-cancer survivor and Saranac special-education teacher Nanette Niemann, who spoke to an enthusiastic audience during the break.

“I am very impressed, flattered and honored for all they have done,” Niemann said of the seniors, adding that LoTemplio, the other players and the players’ families were also instrumental in having a successful night.

“It was all about being a breast-cancer survivor and all the positives that have happened in my life since then,” Niemann said of how her life has changed since first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. “Breast cancer cannot destroy your confidence; I have seen an increase in my confidence ever since my diagnosis.”

Niemann said she was admittedly nervous speaking to the Senior Night crowd, never having spoken in public on the subject before, but she was glad she could help the girls promote awareness.

Niemann underwent radiation treatment after the diagnosis and has been cancer free ever since.

As their final year on the Saranac soccer field nears its culmination, the seniors have already set their sights on bright futures.

Napper hopes to become an elementary teacher while Johnston and Lahee are both considering careers in health care.

Marnes is undecided but leaning toward teaching, pharmacy or psychology.

Whatever direction their career decisions take them, they have already made a huge impact on the North Country through their efforts to end breast cancer’s hold on society.

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