FARMINGTON — In the classroom, she influenced their lives.
On the soccer field, they plan to honor hers.
As Farmington High Athletic director Mary Sheltrown put it, Sept. 26 will be a “rough but very beneficial” night at the school, as the boys soccer program has dedicated the evening as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Soccer Night, in honor of Roxanne Mecham, a bilingual paraprofessional at the school who lost her battle with the illness in June.
“I really commend the guys and their effort to put this together,” Sheltrown said last week. “They brought this idea up and wanted to do this in her honor. Anytime you have students step up to benefit the community, there’s a lot to be proud of.”
Jake Zervos, one of the varsity captains, said the team felt compelled to do something.
“A lot of kids on the team were real close to her,” he explained. “She affected so many people at the school. … She touched the lives and hearts of everyone that she met. She taught us how to become better people and how to make the world a better place.”
For months now, Zervos was part of a group that put the plan in motion.
During the junior varsity and varsity games against West Bloomfield, set for 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, locations will be set up for fans of both schools to make donations.
Zervos said all donations can be made to the America Cancer Society for ovarian cancer research, or to Buckets of Rain, a public charity focused on turning blighted, abandoned, or underutilized land into inner-city vegetable gardens.
“It was one of her favorite charities,” Zervos explained. “We wanted to do this for cancer research, as well as a charity she was so passionate about.”
Zervos also encouraged fans of both teams to come hungry, as a portion of the night’s concession money will also be donated.
“I think it’s an awesome thing the school and the team is doing to pay tribute to my mom,” said Mallory Mecham. “Our family knows what impact she had on our lives, but to see the school and the community put together something like this, and to raise money for some of the things she was so passionate about, to me, it shows the impact she had at the school. It kind of shows the legacy she left there. We’ve been touched by the love the community has shown our family.”