Nelson County, VA
“I really like this group girls. I have been blessed by the Lord and coaching has helped me get through this season of my life,” that’s how Nelson County High’s Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach, Toni Donigan, sums up her last several months. Back in the spring of this year she found out that she had breast cancer. She underwent major surgery to remove the cancer. The girls volleyball team was very concerned for her Coach Donigan’s health. They weren’t sure she would able to physically return to coach their team for the season. To their surprise Coach Donigan not only returned, she didn’t miss a practice. “She’s like our mom,” one of the team members remarked.
Every October the girls JV and Varsity Volleyball team wear a variety of pink items to promote Breast Cancer awareness but this meant even more because Coach Donigan was personally affected. PHI AirCare 5 showed their support by donating pink Breast Cancer awareness t-shirts to the entire team and coaching staff. Tuesday the team wore the t-shirts to school, during their pre-game warm up session, and after the game to honor Coach Donigan.
Coach Donigan has one more surgery after the volleyball season ends. She’s been told she is cancer free!
Way to go team and congrats to Coach Donigan on a good report!