Lady Hornets Pulling For Super Fan Wendy

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He is Eureka’s super fan.

Wendy Parsons, 83, rarely misses a sporting event at his alma mater where he also serves as a substitute teacher.

“He’s watched us grow up. He is supportive and positive,” said senior McKee, a member of the Eureka girls basketball team.”He’s always cheering us on.”

Parsons has been going to Eureka High School sporting events since the 1940’s. He graduated from the school in 1951 and has been a pillar in the community ever since.

“He is a man of the community who is a strong Eureka Hornet supporter,” said girls basketball coach Jerry Prina. “But he’s not here because he is at the Apostolic Christian home meeting with residents there.”

He’s known as the guy with the guitar and the harmonica. For 14 years he’s been playing music for the residents at Eureka’s Apostolic Christian home on Wednesday afternoons.

He missed his performance last week, though. A month ago he was diagnosed with cancer of the
pancreas.

“Even though he knew it, you wouldn’t know he had cancer,” said junior forward Natalie Bardwell. “He was happy, he’d say it was a little thing that I’ll get over soon.”

The state ranked Lady Hornets (16-2) wanted to show their biggest fan how much he means to them. So Bardwell designed a T-shirt that says it all: “We Play For Wendy.”

“We know we have these shirts. We have something to play for, we are always playing for Wendy,” said Bardwell.

Eureka surpipsed Prsons by wearing the t-shirts during their warm-ups for a home game on Dec. 22.

“We just want everyone to keep this man in their thoughts and prayers because he is one of the greatest men I’ve ever known,” Bardwell said. “He is kind to everyone he meets and deserves the recognition we all want to give him.”

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