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Coaches Vs. Cancer

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

The Pikeville College coaching staff usually wears formal footwear for games, but at Saturday's game against Campbellsville, both teams coaching staffs put on sneakers instead. The change in footwear is to show support in the fight against a tougher opponent, cancer.

"I just finished my treatments for cancer," said Mickey Wells.

For the first time in nearly two months, Wells was able to watch the Pikeville College Bears after being diagnosed with cancer in his esophagus.

"In about two to six weeks, I'll be operated on and hope that will handle what I have and be able to make it back to some more games," he said.

Wells says he came to see the Bears and because both coaching staffs, Pikeville and Campbellsville, wore sneakers to show support in the fight against cancer.

Wells says he came to see his son, Pikeville Coach Kelly Wells.

"For him to be wearing the shoes, representing what he represents, being the class individual that he is, just makes us as parents very proud," Well said.

Wearing sneakers for the game is a no brainer says Pikeville's head coach.

"Dad's a very special guy, my mentor and I even got emotional at the beginning of the game tonight to see him here. That's very important. He's very close to me," said Pikeville College Head Coach Kelly Wells.

Especially since his dad is in a fight against cancer.


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