continued The coaches and players from both schools originally hoped the game would raise awareness for breast cancer, but DeZalia’s diagnosis changed the plan to focus on general cancer awareness and help.
“The team was very excited for the event, but when we found out that Miranda DeZalia’s father, Kelly, had been diagnosed and it hit home with the team and with Miranda, we knew that we wanted to turn this into something that we could do to support the family,” said Mary Lou Shaughnessy, Schroon Lake girls soccer coach.
Kelly DeZalia is shy about publicity, Bowers said, but he appreciates the community support — like the soccer game dedication.
“At first, my dad was kind of skeptical about the dedication,” Miranda said of her father. “Then he decided that it would be an honor to represent those that have been affected by cancer. The team has been very supportive of our family, and we wanted to raise awareness for the disease.”
Kelly and wife Stephanie attended the game along with other family members and friends.
Keith Lobdell contributed to this report.