For students at Wichita Falls High School and Rider High School, this week's rivalry game is a big deal. But this Friday both school's bands are uniting to help a WFHS sophomore fight cancer.
Two months ago, Ashtyn Shaw and her family were told she had stage 2A Hodgkin's Lymphoma. As a result, the drummer has undergone several chemo treatments at Cook's Children's Hospital and has been homebound for school.
Her fellow band members, along with the Rider High School band, wanted to help the family and Ashtyn with medical expenses. At Friday's game, both bands will perform a combined National Anthem during the pre-game and then will play "You'll Never Walk Alone" while color guard members from both schools pass the hat in the stands for donations.
Ashtyn and her family hope that she can attend the pre-game event, possibly watching from her family car.
In addition, both bands have been selling purple "Team Ash" bracelets for $2 with proceeds going to help the family. A special account for Ashtyn has been set up through American National Bank under "Cash for Ash".
Be sure to come by and show your support. The game will be on Friday at Memorial Stadium on Southwest Parkway at Barnett Road.
For more information, call WFHS Band Director Justin Lewis at 235-1084 or Mrs. Connie Shaw at 867-4679.