Niagara Gazette — Unbeknownst to both herself and Schucker, at almost the same time, the mother of one of this year's players was fighting for her life as well. Freshman Brooke Devantier's mother, Sherry Devantier, was in the hospital for the same surgery as Britton when her heart failed and she went into cardiac arrest.
Brooke said doctors were able to revive her mother, who's been dealing with Crohn's disease for more than 30 years, on the operating table. She made it out alive and has since had a second successful surgery, giving her temporary relief from the affects of her condition.
Britton, too, said she's been symptom free since her surgery, and will likely remain so for a while. But it is only temporary. The surgery is not a cure for the disease. The disease will continue to thin the walls of their intestines as long as they live and
Brooke Devantier said she's happy to have the team's support for a disease which almost took her mother from her.
"I'm happy we're doing this," she said. "It's a way for us to help other people like my mom. It's a special cause to me and my whole family. My whole family's coming to the game."
"It's nice to help pit, especially when it's a disease that's affected one of my fellow teammates," senior player Meghan Maranto said.
The team's been raising money throughout the season for the game's big check presentation, which will have a member of the Western New York chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America in attendance. Whatever they raise will be going directly to fund both research and activities the foundation holds throughout the community, including an annual awareness walk in Niagara County, which the foundation launched three years ago.