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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:43

BU Honors Alum Fighting Breast Cancer

(From left to right) Alexis Pryor, Kelly Wilbur, Nikki Anderson and Jaschke during their playing days (From left to right) Alexis Pryor, Kelly Wilbur, Nikki Anderson and Jaschke during their playing days

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University volleyball team and its rival No. 6 ranked MidAmerica Nazarene will square off on Tuesday night in a battle for first place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings, but the Wildcats will be playing for a greater cause at the Collins Center for one of its fellow 'Cats that is in a battle of her own.

Baker alum Katie Jaschke played for the Wildcats and head coach Kathy Allen in the 2007 season and in 2008 became a student assistant coach for the Wildcats before graduating in May of 2008 with a degree in Biology.

She then went on to nursing school at Baker and graduated from the nursing program in 2010. Jaschke then began working as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit in the cardiac wing of St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

This past July the Shawnee Mission North High School grad was diagnosed with Evasive Ductal Carcinoma and had to undergo a Bilateral Mastectomy not shortly after in August.

Jaschke's spirits are high considering the circumstances and she will began her first round of chemotherapy on Wednesday, Oct. 16, the day after the Baker vs. MNU match.

Tuesday's night's match will mark the Wildcats annual Pink Out game, the Wildcats will be wearing their pink warm up shirts and they ask that all fans come to the game decked out in pink.

This match annually give all proceeds of its gate receipts to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, but this year all donations and gate funds will go to Jaschke in an effort to help alleviate her medical bills.

Jaschke is very appreciative of the gesture that Coach Allen and the Baker community have brought her way.

"Coach Allen has always been very supportive and I think it's amazing she's put this together for me," said Jaschke. "I think it's really great, even after you leave Baker after graduation you feel like you have family there."

The Volleyball team met Jaschke at its Alumni Scrimmage back in August. After meeting her the team and coaching staff came up with the idea to have their pink game proceeds go to Jaschke.

"It kind of just fell into place," said Allen. "We felt like we should give the proceeds to one of our own. One of Katie's greatest traits is her positive attitude. She will have it when getting her through this cancer. She is one of the most up beat, positive people I've ever known."

Baker and MNU will tip off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, we hope that Baker nation will come out and support the Wildcats by wearing their pink and cheering the Wildcats to victory.


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