Basketball is competitive in its very nature. But sometimes, a higher cause comes along that puts the game on the sidelines.
“We learned last week that Zac had been battling again with Osteosarcoma and had to have his other leg removed,” said Patrick Wade, an assistant coach for the Richlands boys basketball team. “We just wanted to take the time to show that he wasn’t battling alone and show love and support.”
The Richlands basketball program decided to dedicate Wednesday’s games to Zac Carter, a 13-year old Richlands native that is battling metastatic osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, for the third time in his life.
“He’s been a huge inspiration. I go to school with his older sister. We’re in the same grade. She comes in every day and she’s one of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet. They’re all like that. He’s definitely been a huge inspiration … the way he’s fighting this battle that he’s in. We all hope that he prevails,” said Race Moir, a senior on the boys varsity basketball team.
Zac’s older sister, Rachel, has been able to stay positive through it all, but she gets her strength from outside sources.
“My strength comes from God as well, but Zac, too. He’s so strong through it all. He helps me get through it at times,” Rachel said.
Zac’s story not only impacted his family and the Richlands community, but even the visiting team, the Marion Scarlet Hurricanes, got behind Zac’s cause.
“This is something bigger than a sport. This is someone’s life. basketball ends after the game. This kid’s life is gonna keep going on and on. We need to help each other out. If there were someone in Marion facing the same kind of problem, we would hope that people from here and other areas would want to help support them, too,” said Gracie Billings of the Marion varsity basketball team.
While Richlands and surrounding communities continue to show love and support, Zac will be at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, fighting the good fight.