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Tell City volleyball team bringing awareness to cancer that took life of former coach

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TELL CITY, IN (WFIE) -

The Tell City High School volleyball team is holding a special event on Thursday night to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

For the past month, the school's volleyball team has been raising money and awareness for various cancers while honoring local victims and survivors of the disease.

On Thursday, they're playing their final home match in honor of their former coach.

Dalonda Hayes is the head volleyball coach at Tell City High School. She says the team has raised money for bile duct and breast cancer this season. Now, they're playing for pancreatic cancer.

"That's honoring our former coach, Tracy Beard, who passed away about five years ago," said Hayes.

Beard coached volleyball at Tell City for several years until she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008.

Her son, Spenser, says she underwent a handful of successful surgeries, but it wasn't enough.

"It came back and got the best of her," said Spenser. "Ever since then, we've tried to do everything that we can to get awareness for her cause."

On Thursday night, the team will wear purple bows, the color for pancreatic cancer. Spenser will make the match's first serve.

The volleyball team will also collect donations and sell T-shirts. All proceeds go toward cancer research.

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