Bailey TeBeau had a lot more on her mind than basketball when she took the court for the Buccaneers on Friday night.
TeBeau, a senior at Grand Haven High School, was playing for her mom, Marianne TeBeau, who recently won her brief battle with cancer.
Friday night was Grand Haven’s Bucs Pride basketball games, a night to honor the memory of those lost to cancer and cheer on those currently battling the terrible disease.
Marianne TeBeau was diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma this past June. She went through five months of chemotherapy and was recently pronounced cancer-free.
“It was a total turn-around for our family,” said Bailey TeBeau. “We all stayed calm through it, because my grandma had it and she made it through.”
Bailey said she’s noticed a marked difference in her mom since the diagnosis.
“She really embraces life to the fullest,” Bailey said. “She’s much calmer.”
TeBeau was humbled to play in honor of her mom.
“It was very special,” she said. “Last year I got to play for my grandma, and this year for my mom. It’s a huge honor.”
All of the Buccaneers’ boys and girls teams wore purple Bucs’ Pride T-shirts before and after their games, and between the two varsity contests, the players were introduced, along with the people they were playing for.
Several Bucs played for their grandparents. Isaak Newhouse played for his mom, Shawn. Amy Kober played for her dad, Jimbo. Amber Keefe played for Grand Haven athletic director Robin Bye, while Noah Lein played in honor of his 12-year-old cousin, Payton Lindman.
Buccaneers’ fans colored Grand Haven Fieldhouse purple, and their presence wasn’t lost on the teams on the court.
“There was a great turnout from the crowd, and that really helped us,” said TeBeau, who helped the Bucs’ girls beat the rival Rams, 46-41.