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By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
Hardin-Central basketball teams sported more than orange and black last night at its invitational tournament. The teams, both girls and boys, wore lime green T-shirts with a ribbon, signifying the mother of a teammate’s battle with lymphoma.
“Bulldogs fight back with Saundra,” the T-shirts say. Saundra Burk is the mother of Jett Gabert, a H-C basketball player and Stet transfer, who is known as an exuberant fan of high school basketball – whether her son is playing or not. The Bulldog teams gathered in the middle of the gymnasium during a 6:50 p.m. intermission of play to express their support for Burk.
“Hang in there, Saundra. We know that you are a fighter and want you to know that many people love you and are praying for you,” said senior Hannah Noelker, who spoke for the team.
The show of support – including fans that wore T-shirts in support of Saundra – was a fundraiser for the Burk family. In all, $1,434 was generated through T-shirt sales, which was presented to the family.
“This means a lot to our family. It’s been a real difficult ride,” said Burk’s sister, Christy Cain. “I’m proud of all of you. It was hard for her not to be here tonight.”